By Denis Edema
Buikwe- A 43-year-old boda boda cyclist has committed suicide upon learning that he impregnated his 17-year-old daughter.
Isma Lubuwa, a resident of Mbiko in Njeru Municipality reportedly swallowed poison on Friday. He was rushed to Jinja Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
Mr Samuel Obo, a friend of the deceased, who is also a boda boda operator on Oboja Road Stage in Jinja town, said on Thursday that Lubuwa recently wanted to sell his motorcycle without giving a reason.
“It was this morning when I learnt that he committed suicide,” Mr Obo said.
According to some residents, the deceased separated with his wife with whom they sired four children, due to domestic violence; leaving the children with their father in Mbiko town.
However, a neighbour told Daily Monitor on condition of anonymity that Lubuwa was sexually abusing his daughter but the girl feared to report the matter to neighbours or police.
Ssezibwa Regional Police Spokesperson, Ms Hellen Butoto confirmed the incident saying the matter is under investigation.
“Residents have told police that he was having sexual intercourse with his daughter and after realising the girl was pregnant, he committed suicide. As police, we are going to talk to the girl,” Ms Butoto said.
Ms Butoto said the girl has since denied that she is 17 years old claiming that she is 18, the consent age.
In her statement, according to Ms Butoto, the girl informed police that her boyfriend is responsible for the pregnancy not her deceased father, as some people claim.