Kampala — New information about a British expatriate working with Katatumba Academy in Mbarara who committed suicide early last month indicates he was frustrated after learning that Zimbabwean police was looking for him over homosexual charges.
The deceased, Andrew Jarvis, was a Principal of Katatumba Academy. He committed suicide on the night of June 5, in the Academy's premises.
He had been teaching in Zimbabwe where he had just completed his contract before taking up the Ugandan job in December 1997.
Zimbabwe's newspaper, Sunday News under the headline: Police Probe Abuse Of Youth, reported that Jarvis was wanted by police for having abused and sodomised (read homosexual) a 23-year-old youth for six years.
The Sunday News said Jarvis started sexually abusing the boy at 11 years of age. The Zimbabwean police instituted an investigation after the victim made a formal report to them.
The paper further reported that police was seeking assistance from the Immigration Department to establish where Jarvis was.
Mbarara's District Police Commander, Fred Nabongo, told The Monitor that evidence from a pathologist's report show there were signs that Jarvis committed suicide.
Nabongo further said documents recovered by police, which are believed to have been written by the deceased, indicate that he was frustrated with his life.
Though all the circumstances leading to Jarvis's death are still hazy, information available to The Monitor indicates that on the afternoon of the day he committed suicide, he burnt all his private documents and deleted those in the computer.
He also left a message to a fellow teacher with whom they shared a private post office box to destroy, unopened, all the mails he would subsequently receive.
Information also indicates that the deceased through his contacts in Zimbabwe had learnt that police there were looking for him over homosexual charges of abusing a lad. He had also realised that police would soon establish his whereabouts.
The Monitor was informed that when Jarvis was appointed Principal, the Academy gave him a house servant whom he rejected. He instead preferred to employ his own servant at his personal expense.
A copy of a letter written to him by one Themba Masuko, believed to
be one of his homosexual partners in Zimbabwe, indicates that he was a wanted man there.
In the June 4, 1998 letter which The Monitor saw, Masuko informed Jarvis whom he addressed as "Dearest Daddy" that police CID in Zimbabwe wanted him.
Masuko said the CID had approached him to give them Jarvis' address but he feigned ignorance.
Masuko further wrote that the homosexual story had appeared in the Sunday News and said if he got the money he would see his lawyer to bar the paper from further publication of such reports. He also sought Jarvis' opinion on the reports mentioned in the letter.
Masuko also mentioned how he had told two of their homosexual partners, Kevin and Callen, not to reveal anything concerning Jarvis to the Zimbabwean police CID. He said he promised to buy the duo good things and they agreed.
"Hoping to here (hear) from you with love. Please don't write your address with your hands because someone can see your handwriting," Masuko concluded. But he never lived to read the letter.
The deceased was a 56-year-old British citizen and single without children. His remains were taken from Uganda by his brother Patrick Jarvis who was notified from England. Katatumba is an elite boys school in the green outskirts of Mbarara.