Pupil Commits Suicide by hanging over PLE failure harassment


HOIMA– The Police in Hoima district are investigating circumstances under which a 15-year-old girl who sat her Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) committed suicide by hanging.

The suspect was a pupil at Bwikya Muslim Primary School in Hoima City and her suicide is attributed to reportedly poor performance.

Daphine Kimuli is said to have disappeared from her home three days ago after Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) on July 16, 2021, released last year’s PLE results in which she scored aggregate 25.

Her family’s efforts to find her proved futile until on Wednesday morning when they found her hanging on a jackfruit tree near her home in Bwikya ward, Hoima East division.

According to Julius Hakiza the Albertine regional police spokesperson, the hanging body was discovered by a 35 year old neighbor who reported the matter to Kinuubi police post.

Mr Hakiza says that Kimuli left a suicide note in which she listed several people whom she described as her enemies.

“She also claimed that there were people laughing at her for performing poorly in PLE,” Mr Hakiza said.

Police said the deceased, however, advised her fellow children and relatives never to commit suicide.

In the note seen by police, Kimuli said she had decided to leave her purported enemies “to enjoy their world as she was going somewhere else.”

Two people have been arrested to help in investigations. One of the suspects was allegedly found with Kimuli’s note which she kept without informing the girl’s family, only to bring it to their attention after her death. She said Kimuli had given her the note.

The other suspect is one of the people Kimuli described as her “enemies” in the note.

The suspects are currently held at Hoima central police station.

The school headteacher, Mr Francis Bagonza described Kimuli as a quiet and well-disciplined pupil.