A woman in Embangweni, Mzimba on Saturday poisoned her baby to death before committing suicide after her husband left her for another woman.
The woman identified as Tamara Nyirenda was found dead in her house together with the child on Saturday in the morning.
She left a suicide note in which she claimed that she hatched the decision to escape from marital problems which she was facing. According to the note, Nyirenda became depressed after getting reports that her husband who stays in South Africa married another woman.
“He (the husband), must enjoy the life as he wish. I think, I was the barrier to his enjoyment,” states part of the note.
In an interview, the woman’s neighbour Davison Chirwa said the husband is based in South Africa and has been there for close to 10 years.
“So he was not giving any help to the wife. He changed his number and there was no communication since 4 years ago,” said Chirwa.
Speaking on the issue, Village headman Jeremiah Jere of the area bemoaned the tendency among his subjects of rushing to commit suicide when faced with challenges.
He said suicide is not a solution thus people must consider seeking guidance and counselling.
On his part, commissioner of police in Mzimba Louis Chigadula also lamented the rise in suicide cases in Mzimba.