August 18, 2013

UPDF Solider Kills Self After HIV Test

Private Cornelius Morris Jakuma, who has been attached to 27 Bn. at Ngariam detachment, shot himself dead on Friday August 16 at 10.00am.

Private Cornelius Morris Jakuma shot himself dead though he tested negative
Private Cornelius Morris Jakuma shot himself dead though he tested negative

The incident happened in Katakwi 116 kilometers South West of Moroto town.

A UPDF solider also killed himself in Moroto District in the past few weeks.

Sources in the army said that Morris turned the gun on himself after his colleagues told him that he had slept with a woman suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Lt. Jimmy Omara, the UPDF 3rd Division spokesperson said that on Wednesday August 14 Morris went for a blood test at Ngariam Health Centre IV and he was HIV negative.

Jakuma’s colleagues told him that he had unprotected sexual intercourse with an infected girl in the neighborhood about a month ago. He suspects this could have prompted the soldier to commit suicide.

Omara further said that Morris placed the barrel of the gun below his chest cavity and shot himself dead through the neck.

Investigations are on to ascertain the cause of death, top on the agenda is the medical staff at Ngariam Heath facility.

Omara described the incident as unfortunate; saying thousands of people have tested HIV positive but are still growing strong.

The army is waiting for the parents and relatives to pick up the body of the deceased.

Omara also said that Morris wouldn’t be accorded a decent burial by the army because committing suicide is a crime.

Jakuma’s death comes hardly a fortnight after Private Michael Kilama also committed suicide at a UPDF detachment in Rupa Sub County in Moroto district.

2 thoughts on “UPDF Solider Kills Self After HIV Test

  1. may his soul rest internal peace amen, but i blame those who told him about the effected girl and people should know the type of jokes but not on HIV case.

  2. he didn’t solve any thing and in the first case why did he have unprotected sex? I think this is a lesson to all Ugandans to take care especially with sex related issues.

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