Chanco student drowns in Lake Malawi trying to save friend

Police say a fourth year Humanities student at Chancellor College (Chanco) of the University of Malawi had drowned in Lake Malawi on Saturday while trying to swim.

Police spokesman for Salima, Gift Chitowe, identified the deceased as  Peter Kandikole Mpando.

Chitowe said Mpando, who hailed from Mpando village, Traditional Authority Mpando in Ntcheu dostrict,   was outing with his mates at Senga Bay and wanted to swim around 5pm.

Mpando: Died

It’s believed he was not able to swim.

“He drowned and his body was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. A post-mortem result indicated he had died of suffocation.,” Chitowe said.

But a relative however said Mpando had drowned after jumping into a lake to save a friend who fell into the deeper water and got into difficulty.

Mpando’s college mates said he was a disciplined student. Chancellor College is closed due to long drawn impasse on academic freedom.

Recently a 26-year-old teacher at Ulongwe Community Day Secondary School in Mangochi and a fisherman in Nkhotakota also drowned in fresh waters of Lake Malawi .

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