Man Climbs High Voltage Utility Pole in Suicide Attempt

Posted on Feb 21, 2023
By Derrick Passy

A young man in his 20s today left residents around Mbarara Town in shock after he climbed a high voltage utility pole in a Suspected Suicide attempt.


According to Geoffrey Ndyanabo, a security guard at Amazon building who witnessed the man climbing the electric pole said;



“It was at around 2:00pm, when he went to one of the Supermarkets at Amazon building and asked for food but never got it, out of frustration, he proceeded and climbed an electric pole at Ntare road. People gathered and begged him to come down but he proceeded climbing.”



Ndyanabo said, they feared for his life and informed UMEME officials who rushed and switched off the power line to save him from getting electrocuted.


Attempts to convince the young man who is believed to be a Street kid to come down lastly yielded no fruits as he kept walking on wires as he struggled to balance.



His actions attracted one by one and later crowds from the sides of the road, causing traffic flow in town.


After half an hour, Police came but the suspect refused to take heed and continued walking on wires, which caused anxiety to the onlookers.


He later got tired and started dangling on wires and people had no hope that he would survive.



Police and UMEME staff brought mattresses and put them on the road so he doesn't hit his head on the tarmac road.


However it only took the help of a Sino truck that was full of sand came as a saviour, parked In the middle of the road and the victim rolled into the truck and fortunately, he was not hurt.


It lasted for almost an hour for the victim to be saved from the crows of death.



Police and other onlookers immediately embarked on the truck wrestled him not jump off the truck, tied him with ropes and handcuffed him before he was whisked away on a bodaboda to Mbarara Police Station.


A police officer who was at the scene but never wanted to be quoted because he is not a Police Spokesperson for Rwizi Region said they are going to first examine him to know if he is normal before proceeding with the investigations.


“We are going to take him to hospital for a medical check-up to ascertain if he is of sound mind. If it is discovered that he is of sound mind and wanted to take his life, we shall charge him with attempted suicide,” he said.


The details of the victim were not however yet known by the time of compiling this report.


All looks to be already back to the main lane for Monster Family Rough & President Munguni Bob alias Raga Pyton after he was discharged from his hospital bed following weekend's scenario that saw him run out of oxygen & later collapse.


Photo Credit: New Vision


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