New Loben­gula res­i­dent wa­ters gar­den at mid­night, com­mits sui­cide

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A MAN from Bu­l­awayo’s New Loben­gula sub­urb re­moved all house­hold prop­erty from his fam­ily home, wa­tered the gar­den in the mid­dle of the night be­fore al­legedly com­mit­ting sui­cide.

Mr Tog­a­repi Mukubwa (38) who was liv­ing alone was found dead yes­ter­day morn­ing hang­ing from the roof trusses of the empty house.

Mr Mukubwa’s fam­ily and neigh­bours said they did not know why he com­mit­ted sui­cide.

His sis­ter Miss Loyce Mukubwa who re­sides in Old Pu­mula sub­urb said she only learnt of her brother’s death upon ar­rival at the fam­ily home in New Loben­gula yes­ter­day.

“It had been a while since I spoke to him so I don’t know if there was any­thing trou­bling him. I was just called to­day by his neigh­bours who told me that I should rush as some­thing had hap­pened to him,” said Miss Mukubwa.

“I only learnt he had com­mit­ted sui­cide when I ar­rived here. He had also re­moved all the prop­erty from the house and we don’t know what prompted him to do what he did.”

She said her brother who is sur­vived by two chil­dren, lived alone af­ter he di­vorced sev­eral women. When The Chron­i­cle news crew ar­rived at the fam­ily home, the prop­erty which in­cluded a bed, cup­boards and a re­frig­er­a­tor among oth­ers, was out­side the yard.

Miss Mukubwa said she could not re­turn the prop­erty into the yard be­fore the ar­rival of her other rel­a­tives.

One of Mr Mukubwa’s neigh­bours who de­clined to be named said the de­ceased seemed to have been con­duct­ing house chores in the mid­dle of the night.

“At about 11PM be­fore I re­tired to bed I heard him mov­ing house­hold prop­erty as if he was clean­ing the house. At about 2AM he was now wa­ter­ing the gar­den. When we woke up to­day I de­cided to check on him and that is when I dis­cov­ered that all the house­hold prop­erty had been re­moved from the house,” said the neigh­bour.

He said Mr Mukubwa had also re­moved all the cur­tains and was hang­ing from the roof trusses.

Bu­l­awayo po­lice spokesper­son Chief In­spec­tor Pre­cious Si­mango con­firmed Mr Mukubwa’s death which she said was be­ing treated as a sud­den death case.

She urged mem­bers of the pub­lic who may be hav­ing trou­bles to seek coun­selling ser­vices. — @ nqot­shili

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