Police in Uganda have launched investigations into an incident where a 26-year-old journalist committed suicide.
Brian Kasibante reportedly wrote a suicide note before consuming 30ml of paraquat, a toxic chemical that is widely used as a herbicide (plant killer), primarily for weed and grass control.
The deceased is said to have been having family disagreements with his two wives, with police suspecting it could be the motive behind his decision.
“He has been telling us stories of the disagreements with his wives, but we thought this was a simple matter and we actually ignored it. When we learnt that he had decided to drink a herbicide (paraquat) to die, we were so shocked,” Nicholas Kakeeto, Kasibante’s workmate told Daily Monitor.
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In his suicide note, the deceased urged the police not to investigate the cause of his death.
“He sent several messages before writing a note where he advised police not to investigate the matter or arrest anyone since it was his decision to end his own life,” Kakeeto added.
Kasibante died while receiving treatment at the Masaka Regional Referral Hospital where he had been rushed on Tuesday evening for treatment.