Zimbabwe

MAN COMMITS SUICIDE OVER FATHER’S DEATH

Paul Pindani recently in Mhangura

A dark cloud hung over Nhangedzwa farm compound in Mhangura after two family members died separately last week.

Mashonaland West Provincial Police Spokesperson Assistant inspector Ian Kohwera told H-METRO that the incident happened on October 27, at Nhangedzwa farm, in Mhangura.

Scenes from Chatumbuka Junior’s funeral

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He said that the circumstances of the incident happened at 2pm, when the now late, Nicholas Chatumbuka Junior, (23) received a death message about the untimely passing on of his father, Nicholas Chatumbuka (52) from Jaison Chinovainzwa(56) of Plot 8 Pfupi farm, Mhangura , who had been involved in a road traffic accident.

Scenes from Chatumbuka Junior’s funeral

“On October 28, his body was found hanging on a tree branch by Alvin Chimanga (24) of D27 Dzimba Village, Mhangura,”

 

“He reported the matter to Mhangura police who attended the scene and his body was ferried to Makonde Christian Hospital mortuary for a post mortem,” said Kohwera.

 

He appealed to members of the public to value the Sanctity of life and to solve issues amicably as the police was worried by the upsurge of suicide cases in the province.

 

Nicholas Chatumbuka senior was buried on Friday and his son on Saturday, as the community believed that if they bury him the same time with his father, calamity might befall the family.

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A neighbor who asked not to be identified said that the late Chatumbuka senior was a multi-talented person as he was a  mechanic, welder, electrician, irrigation and borehole specialist, motorcycle and generator repairer although he had not been to school.

 

” The family was at each other’s throats as there was suspicion of witchcraft, ” he said.

 

However, Mondreck Chimanga, a brother to the late Chatumbuka, told H-METRO that his young brother had shown suicidal tendencies in the afternoon, when he wanted to kill himself, before being restrained by alert neighbors.

 

” I think he over reacted due to stress.

 

” He tried to take his life around 2pm, but the neighbors quickly restrained him from committing suicide, by taking away the rope he had,” said Chimanga.

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“However, during the evening, he sneaked out of the room and people ran after him, but he disappeared into the darkness,”

 

” We later found his body hanging by a tree branch in the morning,” he said.

HMETRO