Teacher Sets Himself On Fire Over Debts

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A Former head teacher of Kayenje Secondary School in Gombe town council in Butambala has set himself on fire after failing to repay a debt of 20 million shillings.

A former head teacher of Kayenje Secondary School in Gombe town council, Butambala, has set himself on fire after failing to repay a debt of 20 million shillings.  He is currently admitted at Gombe Hospital fighting for his life.

Muhamood Ssegirinya set himself on fire on Friday morning after coming under pressure from debtors who wanted to recover their money. He had borrowed the money start a business venture in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Jamir Kawuki, a resident of Gombe, told Uganda Radio Network (URN) that after Ssegirinya quit teaching in 2008, he first tried working as a guard in Iraq. After he returned to Uganda, he mobilised funds and started importing shoes from Dubai for sale in Uganda.

However, four days ago he turned up in Gombe village lamenting that he had been conned of all his hard earned money in Kampala. He also intimated to a few people that he was under pressure to pay debts amounting to 20million shillings.

Although he was depressed, Kawuki said that no one expected him to drink petrol and pour the rest on himself before setting himself alight this morning.

Kawuki narrated that shocked residents intervened and managed to put out the fire before Ssegirinya was burnt to death. He was transferred to Gombe Hospital in critical condition where he fell into a coma.

Gombe Hospital declined to comment on the matter and the press was barred from accessing Ssegirinya as an emergency operation to save his life was underway.

Geoffrey Bbira, the officer in charge of Gombe Police station, confirmed the incident and told URN that preliminary investigations indicate that Ssegirinya's case would be treated as attempted suicide.  


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Brian Luwaga
Since Brian Luwaga joined Uganda Radio Network in 2011, he is still amazed how, "URN is a place that gives journalists a chance to enhance their skills . It gives a journalist an opportunity to adopt and master various aspects of journalism that include radio broadcast, social media, photography and television production."

A practicing journalist since 2009, first with Star FM, Luwaga has always been keen to write about the concerns of the "common person." Based for much of his career in Luweero, Luwaga takes it as a compliment if politicians complain that his reporting is too harsh.

In his journalism, Luwaga likes to merge the past with the present. He believes you cannot understand what is happening now, if you do not have a grounding in the past. Brian Luwaga is the Luweero URN bureau chief. Nakasongola, Nakaseke, Mityana, Mubende and Wakiso districts fall under his docket.

Luwaga is interested in humanitarian work and is a keen Rotarian.