Driven by feelings of hopelessness, a policeman in Nsambya, a Kampala city, Uganda took his life and that of his wife upon discovery of their HIV status.
Godfrey Sabiti shot his wife dead and later turned the gun onto himself allegedly tested HIV positive.
“We have recovered the test results of HIV for the wife, Akol and the children except for the man. These reads negative. We suspect that the man must have found himself positive and took a wrong decision. He planned it since he took all the family members for HIV test on January 24, 2017,” said Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman, Paul Kangave.
Sabiiti, 36, attached to Very Important People Protection Unit (VIPPU) and his wife Caroline Akol, were found in a pool of blood in their house at Nsambya barracks. This is the second officer to kill himself in just two months’ period. In December last year, Patrick Oloya, a Field Force Unit (FFU) personnel ended his life at the Police barracks.
The Ugandan spoke to a crime specialist (preferred anonymity), who blamed the rampant suicides and murders in the police and army on the lack of a Psychology department within government institutions.
“The trained personnel see too much brutality in life, have so many problems but have no one to talk to so that they get some guidance on how to handle some circumstances. A psychologist is so important in organisations but the Ugandan system does not recognize this.” He said.
This is really sad.