• Social media burst into grief following the suicide of a stressed woman impoverished by URSB
  • The deceased Hawah Namyalo was a movie trader at Zai plaza in Kampala. She is said to have taken her life following a financial crisis sparked by the government raid on her private business ventures.
  • In pursuit of explanations, a heartbroken Namyalo was arrested and remanded to Luzira prison where she has been since last year.

Renowned video jockey and Bwaise councilor, Junior has expressed his concern over the tear triggering suicide committed by his stressed friend. In a statement issued by Junior, he clearly links the suicide to the events that occurred last year. ‘…Her shop located at Zai plaza in Kampala was shamelessly raided clean with her capital worth millions and millions lost at once and her imprisoned too…’, part of the statement reads. ‘

On being acquitted of all those baseless and unjustifiable charges this month, she tried to ask for a return of all her confiscated property to re-establish back her business and begin a new life to help feed her baby but sadly all that fell on deaf ears of URSB and UFMI,’ the statement adds.

Who is Hawah?

The deceased Hawah Namyalo was a movie trader at Zai plaza in Kampala. She is said to have taken her life following a financial crisis sparked by the government raid on her private business ventures. On September, 21 last year, the government launched a crackdown on Kampala downtown libraries in search of pirated movies.

Namyalo’s shop at Zai plaza was not spared by the raid. She operated largescale movie library shops that were raided by the Uganda registration services bureau (URSB) officers backed by the Uganda police. She suffered double jeopardy with her merchandise being vandalized by the law enforcers at the time of the raid.

In pursuit of explanations, a heartbroken Namyalo was arrested and remanded to Luzira prison where she has been since last year. A few days after her release on Thursday last week, Namyalo opted to end her life following days of hardships and struggles to reclaim her confiscated valuables. Her death leaves a two year old baby orphaned.

Background

On September 21, 2019, the government launched a crackdown on movie traders. The operation was meant to encourage the sale of locally produced movies as opposed to the trade of pirated international movies.

The said decision, however, turned out to be a political strategy to check on video jockeys locally known as VJ’s to stop making audios and video clips hyping Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu aka Bobi Wine. The crackdown on VJs is rumored to be a silencing strategy to stop them from producing clips in support of People Power.

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