Family allegedly commits suicide

Tutume police are investigating mysterious deaths of three family members
Tutume police are investigating mysterious deaths of three family members

FRANCISTOWN: Tutume police are investigating mysterious deaths of three family members who allegedly committed suicide on different occasions at Magapatona ward.

According to Tutume station commander, Superintendent Jerry Halahala, they are investigating the deaths of three suspected family members on different occurrences.

He said that last week Friday they received a report of a missing 69 year-old man of Magapatona ward. He added that the same man was found the next day (Saturday) by some of his concerned grandchildren just a stone’s thrown from their yard.

Halahala said the old man was found lifeless, hanging from a Mophane tree. He said the man did not leave any suicidal note.


Halala stated that shockingly, few days ago the man's 20-year-old son also committed suicide. The Tutume police chief highlighted that the young man also committed suicide just a few metres from where his father was found hanging on a tree. He shared that the young man just like his father did not leave any suicide note but rather earlier during the fateful day, he shared with his family that he was troubled by something. Halala said the family was disheartened to learn that the boy committed suicide later on that dreadful day.

Furthermore, Halahala added that still on the same week on September 17, a 79-year-old relative who lives just few yards from the two deceased father and son) also took his life. He stated that the old man was also reported missing last week Thursday but was later found dead in the nearby bushes by his relatives.

Halala encouraged people to always share their problems with their loved ones so that they can be helped in getting through their moments of crisis. The Tutume police boss added: “Sharing means having someone to listen to ones thoughts and feelings. If one shares their problems it will be easier for their problems to be attended to before it’s too late.”

He further said it is very crucial for people to never be judgmental nor neglect those in need of help but rather take their suicidal thoughts seriously by encouraging them to seek for professional help. He said that in most scenarios, people don’t want to commit suicide but in need of help in order to overcome the terrible pain they are experiencing. Investigations on the above incidents are still on-going.

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