7 September 2016 Last updated at: 6:54 AM

Malawian man drowns during birthday party

A birthday party for a Mzuzu resident ended on a bad note after one of the resident’s friends who was celebrating with him drowned in Lake Malawi at Chikale beach.

Nkhatabay Police Public Relations Officer, Ignatius Esau identified the deceased as McDonald Chawinga.

DrownAccording to Esau, Chawinga’s friend Vitumbiko Mhango had a birthday on 4 September 2016 as such they organised a party in Mzuzu.

Later, the friends decided to extend their celebrations to Chikale beach in Nkhatabay.

After getting drunk at the beach, Chawinga who was a businessman in Mzuzu went into the water for a swim. But he failed to swim and instead he drowned. By the time he was being taken out of the water Chawinga was already dead.

The body was taken to Nkhatabay district hospital where post-mortem that was conducted confirmed that death was due to suffocation.

Meanwhile, the body is still at Nkhatabay district hospital’s mortuary since relatives to the deceased are yet to be identified.