21-Year-Old Commits Suicide after Testing Positive to HIV

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Pasika Nameeri, a sister to the deceased says Leese was devastated after testing positive to HIV.

A 21 year-old girl, Veronica Leese has committed suicide after testing positive to HIV.

Her body was found beneath a thicket at Nakapelimen village, on the slopes of Mt. Moroto, by herdsmen who were searching for pasture for their animals. It had a nylon cord tied around the neck.

Pasika Nameeri, a sister to the deceased says Leese was devastated after testing positive to HIV.

The news comes barely three weeks after Serina Lomong a former student of Aboke girls SS committed suicide by hanging. The incident occurred in Napeipelu village, Lokuwas parish in Matany Sub County, Napak district.

Meanwhile, Police in Moroto are holding a Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces-UPDF  Deserter for strangling his wife to death.

Phillip Lokut, is said to have strangled his wife Maya Nachugae- a mother of three after a domestic brawl last night. The incident happened at Natari village, Lotirir parish in Nadunget Sub County, six kilometers South East of Moroto town.

Joseph Aleper, the LCI chairperson of the area said the couple has had unending fights.
Irene Aceng, the police spokesperson for Karamoja sub region confirms the incident. She says the suspect is in custody as investigations take shape.  She says the deceased had bruises and a dangling neck, an indicator she had been strangled.

A postmortem conducted at Moroto Referral Hospital indicates the victim suffered a broken neck.


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Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.