Ugandan girl, 15, kills herself over poor exam results, leaves suicide note listing her mockers

Ugandan girl, 15, kills herself over poor exam results, leaves suicide note listing her mockers


A 15-year-old girl, Daphine Kimuli, has committed suicide after performing poorly in the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) at Bwikya Muslim Primary School in Hoima City in western Uganda last year.

Kimuli’s Relatives told police that she disappeared from home three days ago after Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) on July 16, 2021 released last year’s PLE results in which she scored aggregate 25.

Efforts by her family to find her proved futile until her body was found dangling on a jackfruit tree near her home in Bwikya ward in Hoima East division on Wednesday, July 21, by a 35- year-old neighbor, according to Mr Julius Hakiza, the Albertine regional police spokesperson.

The spokesman said the neighbor reported the incident to Kinuubi police post which deployed scene of crime officers and the homicide team to investigate.

“The scene was photographed and postmortem has been done,” Mr Hakiza . He said Kimuli left a suicide note in which she listed several people whom she described as her enemies.

“She also claimed that there were people laughing at her for performing poorly in PLE,” Mr Hakiza said.

Police revealed that the deceased, however, advised her fellow children and relatives never to commit suicide.

Kimuli said in the note seen by police that she had decided to leave her purported enemies “to enjoy their world as she was going somewhere else.”

Meanwhile, police said they have arrested two people to help in investigations. One of the suspects was allegedly found with Kimuli’s note which she kept without informing the girl’s family, only to bring it to their attention after her death. She said Kimuli had given her the note.

The other suspect is one of the people Kimuli described as her “enemies” in the note. The suspects are currently held at Hoima central police station.

The head teacher of the school, Mr Francis Bagonza has described Kimuli as a quiet and well-disciplined pupil.

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