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Four commit suicide in one day

The Malawi Police Service has expressed worry over increased cases of suicide in the country, after four people from across the country killed themselves for various reasons on Wednesday.

Deputy National Police spokesperson, Nicholas Gondwa, said police officers are worried that some of the reasons that have culminated in people committing suicide are trivia.

“The Malawi Police Service is worried with the increase of suicide cases in the country. Just within a day [September 30], four people have died through suicide by hanging themselves for reasons that could have been solved had it been they involved elders to discuss the issues,” said Gondwa.

In Chileka, Blantyre, 42-year-old Isaac Masangano from Kampaka Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kapeni hanged himself in his bedroom after testing positive for HIV.

In Lilongwe, Zebedeyo Moffat, 27, from Chaima Village in T/A Chitekwere was found hanging from the roof of his house for unknown reasons.

In another incident, a 60-year-old mother identified as Kundeule Afraki of Tawe Village, T/A Kaphuka in Dedza hanged herself on the veranda of her house after picking a quarrel with her children.

“The forth one [case of suicide] happened in Mbonani Village, Sub-T/A Chanthunya in Balaka where 20-year-old Frank Leonard killed himself in his bedroom while his wife was fetching water. This one was well-known for chamba smoking and had been seen shouting and speaking to himself. As police, we are saddened with such alarming but avoidable deaths.

“We believe there are institutions both in government and private sector that assist people who are aggrieved, [have] their rights violated, [are] traumatised and [need] counselling,” said Gondwa in a statement.

Gondwa cited village heads, the clergy, police victim support unit officials and Non-Governmental Organisations as some of the stakeholders that would be in a position to resolve such issues.

In another development, Leonard Mlenga, 36, died on Wednesday after a blue gum tree he was felling collapsed on him.

Mlenga died while receiving treatment at Mtengo Umodzi Private Hospital. He was from Ng’onga Village, T/A Msamala, Balaka.


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