Rumphi teacher hangs himself after misappropriating PSLCE fees

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A primary school teacher in Rumphi district has committed suicide after misappropriating funds.

According to Rumphi Police spokesperson, Victor Khamisi, the deceased has been identified as 49-year-old Justine Mfune.

Khamisi said at the time of his death, Mfune was Headteacher at Kamphenda Primary School in the district.

He further added that the teacher squandered money amounting to K150, 000 which was meant for pupils’ Primary School Leaving Certificate Examination (PSLCE) fees.

Death hangingThe deceased is reported to have earlier been confronted by colleagues at a meeting on December 11, 2016, when the issue of the learners’ examination fees was revealed and discussed.

He reportedly assured his fellow teachers that he had the amount handy and would deposit it the following day.

“It is suspected that he embezzled cash amounting to K150, 000 meant for the pupils’ examination. When asked about the matter, he informed fellow teachers he would deposit the money on Monday.

“But surprisingly at around 6 am, the day he had promised to conduct the transaction, he was found hanging in a nearby bush. When the health personnel conducted a post-mortem on his body, it was found that his death was due to strangulation,” Khamisi explained.

He hailed from Chenjenichawo Village in the area of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe in the district.

Rumphi has been registering a lot of suicide cases in recent years most of which have been related to either mismanagement of funds or failure to pay back overdue insolvent loans.

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