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A student at Midlands State University allegedly committed suicide last Friday in Rusape by hanging on a tree branch following a dispute with his aunt.

Acting Manicaland provincial police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Luxson Chananda confirmed the incident.

“We are investigating a case in which Archbold Zimuto (22) hanged himself on a tree branch after having a misunderstanding with his aunt over an offence he committed in January,” he said.

Asst Insp Chananda said Zimuto stole a computer and some plates from his aunt Joice Chipadza (50) and proceeded for his studies at MSU in January.

“Upon return for a semester break, Zimuto is alleged to have apologised to his aunt for stealing from her and the aunt aised him to wait for her husband for the issue to be resolved,” he said.

After the conversation, Zimuto walked out of the house without saying a word only to be found hanging from the branch of a tree 10 metres away from the homestead by a passer-by.

Police in Manicaland are investigating another case where it is alleged that a man committed suicide after discovering that he was HIV positive.

Asst Insp Chananda said details pertaining to the incident were still unclear and investigations were in progress.

Suicide cases are apparently on the increase.

Last Monday, an HIV-positive man from Kwekwe committed suicide by hanging in protest over his wife’s insistence on protection when being intimate.

It is alleged that Newman Ncube of Dieveld Farm, Sherwood, Kwekwe, took his life after his wife refused to have unprotected sex.

In February, a 20-year-old Marondera woman committed suicide by drinking poison after she was caught pants down with her husband’s uncle.

In the same month, a 32-year-old Murehwa man also committed suicide after his wife threatened to abort a two-month pregnancy when he disclosed he was HIV-positive.

Source : The Herald

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