Retired Teacher Found Hanged, Battling Mental Illness in Kanungu

KANUNGU: Authorities in Kanungu District are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the tragic suicide of Justus Besigensi, a 40-year-old retired teacher from Nyakijojwa village in Nyakijojwa parish, Kanungu district.

The incident involved Besigensi hanging himself with a rope and was discovered by his wife, Agatha Tugumisirize, a nursing officer at Katete Health Center III, who promptly reported the matter to Katete police.

Tugumisirize shared that Besigensi had been struggling with mental illness, ultimately leading to his termination from a private school teaching position in 2022.

Elly Maate, the Kigezi Region Police spokesperson, confirmed that the scene was visited, documented, and a postmortem was conducted at Katete Health Center III.

Maate further conveyed that the deceased’s body has been handed over to relatives for a respectful burial.