A Catholic priest has allegedly attempted to kill himself after receiving numerous calls to his lover’s phone from an unidentified man.
The incident happened in Kengere Ward, a suburb of Soroti Municipality, on Thursday.
Police identified the Catholic priest as Fr Deogracious Opio, 38. He was admitted to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital in a critical condition with deep knife wounds inflicted on his body.
Police said they received information that the priest had been jilted by a girlfriend.
Fr Opio told Saturday Monitor at his hospital bed that he was in severe pain but declined to disclose what had happened to him.
Nurses administering treatment to Fr Opio said they were waiting for an X-ray report to ascertain his condition.
Police spokesperson Juma Hassan Nyene said they had registered a case of attempted suicide against the priest at Soroti Police Station.
Mr Nyene said Fr Opio is attached to Soroti Catholic Diocese.
“The priest will be charged with attempted murder and produced before court after investigations,” Mr Nyene said.
Neighbours to Fr Opio’s Kengere residence told Saturday Monitor that the priest had a scuffle with his girlfriend before the attempted suicide.
The man of God has been on suspension for over one year, after he allegedly held a secret birthday party in Ngora for his child he fathered with the girlfriend.