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Poverty stricken primary school pupil commits suicide

By Thula Chisamba

September 30, 2015

A Malawian primary school learner identified as Nathan Manda poisoned himself in Mzimba district over what other sources suggest was his tiredness with poverty.

Sources told our reporter that the deceased was facing indescribable poverty that made him decide to take away his life after continued disgrace he succumbed to in the society for his living standards.

Other sources went on to assume that due to the same poverty, some villagers began implicating him in scandals he was not even involved in.

“They were accusing him of speculating bad stories of some widows in the village as one way of making him out of the village,” said one source.

Malawi24 understands that there is hazy information on the incident because the departed did not leave any suicide note.

Mzimba police publicist constable Gabriel Chiona has since confirmed the incident while advising Malawians to embrace the concept of solving problems without using violent means.

In a related development a 13 year old Herbart Banda has died by drowning in a certain Kasito river after failing to swim.

Information sourced by our paper indicates that the deceased was a learner at Chigude primary school in the same Mzimba district.

It is assumed that the departed went to swim in a company of friends. However because it was for the first time for him to go swimming, he obscured.

His friends went to report the incident to parents who only managed to pick up his body from the river and went to the hospital where he was confirmed dead due to suffocation.

Police has since confirmed the development with warning to parents to consider guarding their children to avoid the recurrence of such accidents.

He hailed from T/A Kampingi Sibande in Mzimba district.