A 38-year-old man was on Wednesday found hanging from a tree in a woodlot at Chitekwere Trading Centre in Lilongwe after he disagreed with his wife who advised him to change his drinking habits.
Lilongwe Police Station Public Relations Officer (PRO) Inspector Kingsley Dandaula said the deceased man’s wife was advising him against his drinking habits.
“The man was a heavy drinker and could sell household items including bags of maize, fertilisers and anything that he could offer for cash to buy Kachasu,” said Dandaula.
According to Police findings, the deceased was displeased and they suspect it might have led to the suicide.
The Police spokesperson said the matter was reported to Nathenje Police who took the body to Nathenje Health Centre and postmortem conducted revealed died from suffocation.
The deceased has been identified as Lazaro Chitsunda from Tibwiri village in the area of Traditional Authority Chilikumwendo in Dedza district.
Police are advising the general public to refrain from suicide and seek counsel over troublesome issues.
‘Death by binge drinking’
In another development, a 28-year-old man has died in Manase Township in Blantyre for drinking alcohol on an empty stomach, police have confirmed.
The man has been identified as Petro Mapanga of Kadzuwa village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Bvumbwe in Thyolo district.
Blantyre police Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Divala said Mapanga died on Wednesday this week.
“He died at around 15:30pm. According to his relative, the deceased was, on this day, seen drinking local beer. Later was seen at his place under a tree but restless,” explained Divala.
Mapanga was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) where he was pronounced dead.
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