Over the recent long weekend, Police in Mangochi district registered three tragic incidents that led to three deaths.
The first two incidents occurred in the area of Traditional Authority Jalasi while the third one in Traditional Authority Mponda in the lakeshore district.
Mangochi police station public relations officer , Amina Tepani Daudi says in the first incident, Alinafe Chapola, 23, took her own life.
“On May 13, 2023, Chapola spent the night at her boyfriend’s place.The following morning, she refused to return to her brother’s house, fearing severe repercussions for staying out all night. Later, her boyfriend discovered her unconscious, surrounded by a bottle of brake fluid, motor vehicle oil, and various tablets,” Daudi says.
Daudi adds : “She was rushed to Mangochi District Hospital but sadly succumbed to her injuries two days later while undergoing treatment.”
The police public relations officer says in the second incident, Lanjesi Samson, 53, drowned in the Masongola River.
“On May 14, 2023, Samson embarked on a journey from his village to visit his sister in Namwera. However, he never reached his intended destination. The following day, his body was discovered floating in the Masongola River,” Daudi says.
The third fatality was an eight-year-old boy named Afinesi Jaji, who fell victim to a crocodile attack.
According to Daudi, on May 14, 2023, Jaji and his friends ventured to the Mandimba River for a day of play. Unfortunately, tragedy struck when a marauding crocodile attacked Jaji while he was playing along the riverbanks.
“His friends promptly alerted the villagers, who launched a search operation and discovered the lifeless body of the young boy,” Daudi says.