10 August 2016 Last updated at: 5:44 AM

Increased suicide incidences worry police in Mzuzu

Police in Mzuzu city have expressed shock over increased incidences of suicide due to petty issues in the city.

According to Public Relations Officer for Mzuzu Police, Martin Bwanali, they have recorded four cases of sudden deaths in the past two weeks, three in the first eight days of August alone. Of the four, two deaths were by hanging and two were caused by taking beer on an empty stomach.

In one of the cases, Wilson Pinifolo, 42, of Ndunde village, Traditional Authority Njema in Mulanje hanged himself for unknown reasons on August 5 at Kazando area.

Pinifolo was working for Paul Msozi and after getting his July salary he disappeared and his body was found hanging the following morning.

On August 4, Chiukepo Mhone, 28, of Zamtuwa Nyirenda village in Traditional Authority Kampingo Sibande in Mzimba died at Sonda location in Mzuzu city after hanging himself to the roof of his house using mosquito net.

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Police officers alert. (Library)

The bone of contention was the revelation made by his wife that the second born child in the family did not belong to him.

Due to the revelation the family separated. Mhone went to stay at his home where he hanged himself upon arrival. His body was found hanging by his sister.

On August 5 another man died suddenly after taking beer on an empty stomach at Ekwendeni. The deceased was identified as 65 year-old Victor Chisale who hailed from Botolo village in area of traditional authority Chikumbu in Mulanje district.

As if those are not enough, last month on the night of 25th July 2016 an unidentified man collapsed after taking too much beer without eating. He was pronounced dead upon reaching Mzuzu Central Hospital.

In all the deaths no foul play was suspected but Bwanali advised people not to opt for suicide as a solution to their problems in life.

“Committing suicide is not a solution as the tendency brings another problem to children left behind. People are called upon to seek counselling from relevant stakeholders on how to manage stress,” said Bwanali.

9 Comments On "Increased suicide incidences worry police in Mzuzu"

  • No not Tumbuka ppo as such, we r all Malawians Africans, lets gve a good or bad comment depending on ze story, learn to Love!

  • Kkkkkk komaso atumbuka mdinu osekesaso bwanji basi?ntchito ikhale imeneyo?yongozipha chifukwa chofuna umalawi?

  • alomwe kumachoka ku mulanje kumakadziphera ku mzuzu???? kamtundu aka sikadzathekanso basi!!!!

  • kaya zawo anthu a ku mpoto, ife ndi a ku Malawi

  • taking beer on an empty stomach or with an empty stomach?? Akufa okha anyway…

  • Don’t bring ur political issue here za Ku Zambia sizikutikhuza,akupasa zingat ukafalisa boza lakolo iyaaaa!!!

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