A family in Tumangu Ward, Labongo Akwang Sub County in Kitgum District were on Sunday forced to bury their son without a casket after a man they entrusted with money to buy one disappeared.
It’s reported that members of Pabwoc clan, over the weekend raised sh300,000 to buy a casket for a decent burial of their deceased son, David Kibwota 46 who committed suicide on Friday night.
Kibwota reportedly hanged himself on unclear grounds shortly after disappearing from his home on Friday evening.
The deceased had reportedly been suffering from an ailment that hadn’t responded to conventional medicine since 2007, and a day before his demise, his clan members had sought the services of a traditional healer to treat him from home.
According to sources, hours after Kibwota’s body was found, family members embarked on burial arrangements and entrusted Francis Oyoo, a cousin brother to the deceased with Sh 300,000 to purchase a casket in Kitgum Municipality.
Kibwota’s burial was scheduled for 2 pm Sunday.
Richard Ocitti, the Bongolaku village LCI Chairperson however says that Oyoo who had been sent to purchase the casket early in the morning never returned home.
Ocitti said, hours after waiting for his return with the casket in vain, the distraught family members were left with no option but to bury the deceased body minus a casket at about 4 pm.
He noted that Oyoo’s known mobile phone number also went off adding that all efforts to trace his whereabouts and a motorcycle he hired from the village were futile.
“It was an emotional moment in the village, the first of its kind where someone is sent to purchase a coffin and does not return. We don’t know what happened,” says Ocitti.
He also notes that before leaving for Kitgum Municipality to purchase the casket, Oyoo reportedly picked a rope the deceased used for hanging himself, something that raises suspicion he could be headed for a witchcraft practice.
“Since the suspect is a fisherman who once spent a long time fishing across the country, there are rumours that such ropes used by people to commit suicide fetch hefty prices in the fishing communities. We highly suspect he might have done this to get money,” He said.
Ocitti however said the police at Labongo Akwang Sub-county Police post have already been alerted and a manhunt for the suspect is already underway