Missing Malawi gov’t driver found hanging at graveyard in Kasungu

A 51-year-old government driver who went missing more than three weeks ago has been found hanging and in a decomposed state at a graveyard in Kasungu.

Malawi Police have identified the deceased as James Zimba, who was working for the Ministry of Agriculture at Kasungu Rural Development Programme (RDP).

Kasungu Police Deputy Spokesperson, Burton Mathewe, said late Zimba had been missing since September 20th this year, and his body was only discovered last Sunday, October 13th.

“His body was found clinging to a tree at around 0700hrs in a bushy Chilanga Graveyard in the area of Senior Chief Kaomba but in a decomposed state,” Mathewe told Nyasa Times.suicide

According to Mathewe, reports gathered indicate the deceased took his life after being accused by his wife of secretly having a love affair with their house maid aged about 14 years.

“The wife lodged a complaint at Kasungu Police Victim Support Unit Office where he [deceased] was summoned to report on the day he went missing [20th September],” he explained.

On the contrary, said Mathewe, the late did not show up at the police but instead went straight to his work place where he took the office vehicle (he used to drive).

The late Zimba then drove to Kasungu Community Ground where Vice President Khumbo Kachali was addressing a rally.

“Afterward the deceased left the vehicle at the venue before disappearing and had not been seen since then,” he said.

The Kasungu Police deputy publicist said postmortem revealed late Zimba, who hailed from Vizimbakamuna Village, T/A Khongoni in Lilongwe District, died of Asphyxi due to strangulation.

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