On Sunday 11th November grief gripped Makerere University community when a second year student Emmanuel Kagyina died after jumping off the top of Mary Stuart hall at the university campus on Sunday night.
The deceased was a student in the college of Humanities and Social Sciences and son to Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Secretary Benjamin Nkumumanya.
This tragic incident comes two months after another student Isaac Mutekanga, a software engineering student passed away after drowning at Aero Beach casting a dark picture on Uganda’s top and oldest institution of learning.
Although Emmanuel’s death has been associated with use of illicit drugs emanating from misunderstanding with his family members, it has emerged the deceased was having severe psychological problems that could have given him depression.
The messages on his Facebook wall leading up to his demise point to possible depression.
On August 19th, Emmanuel contemplated joining the Ugandan army (UPDF) which was quite surprising considering that was around the time University’s academic year begins.
A day later the deceased posted a message that could justify the assertion he was having problems with his family. The post read, “It tk me so long t believ tht sincerly parents cn disown their children,” meaning he could have been having problems with his parents.
The suicide note he left behind gave similar messages. “Dad always wonders; we grew up without having a close relationship. Its true I have wronged you in some aspects but it’s also true you and I did share our relationship to the required maximum,” it read in part before adding messages for his siblings.
In September, it seems his problems were taking a toll on him because it appeared he was stressed by the environment around him. Living Under Depression & Frustration will nt solve anytin bt believin in ur self & knowin wht u a chasing is th way 2 GO!!!” according to a September 10th message he wrote.
Two days later, the deceased posted a message that can be described as a clear pointer of what he intended to do although he disguised the message and no one among his friends on the network bothered to respond, something that has caused regret.
Emmanuel wrote, “Sh’d it b OK 4 sm1 2 comit suicide if he’s so much overpowered by PROB’s?If nt wht shd such a person do?my friend is in danger,HELP!!!”
In this, he seemed to be asking a question under the guise of someone else yet as it turns out he was seeking help from his colleagues about the agony he was experiencing and unfortunately for him only two people responded to his query.
His last Facebook post was a prediction of how Sean Paul’s concert was to be a flop due to the day’s weather on Friday night.
At about 10pm on Sunday night, 23year old Emmanuel Kagyina could not cope with the overwhelming psychological anguish and decided to end his life.
Police is investigating the case and has registered the suicide it under reference number SD: 39/1/11/2012 at Wandegeya Police Station.