Gigi La­mayne in fourth sui­cide bid ‘Deduct tithes straight from work­ers’ salaries’

Sunday News (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Bruce Ndlovu

WHILE the world of mu­sic is still mourn­ing the death by sui­cide of rap heavy­weight HHP, it al­most got an­other shock last week af­ter South Africa-based Zim­bab­wean rap­per Gigi La­mayne at­tempted to take her life for the fourth time.

With the eyes of the world fixed on HHP’s fu­neral, the rap­per who first made her name as Khuli Chana’s side­kick, al­most lost her bat­tle against de­pres­sion and ended up at the In­ten­sive Care Unit of a South African hospi­tal.

La­mayne, sent shock­waves last Sun­day af­ter tweet­ing what seemed like her birth­day and what many pre­sumed to be the day that she wanted to end her life.

In the post the rap­per, who is now signed to ma­jor mu­sic la­bel Am­bi­tiouz En­ter­tain­ment, has talked about her bat­tle with de­pres­sion, a con­di­tion that has led to her try­ing to take her own life on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions. The 24-year-old rap­per was dis­charged from hospi­tal later in the week.

“Thank you to every sin­gle one of my friends, in­dus­try mates and sup­port­ers. I’m sorry to you all. Clearly I’m alive to tell my best story yet. I love you for lov­ing me at this time of weak­ness. You made me strong. Now I work on my­self. Now I love my­self,” she said af­ter be­ing dis­charged.

Through a se­ries of sta­tus up­dates, La­mayne con­firmed the sui­cide at­tempt and added: “I am liv­ing with de­pres­sion. One day I’ll tell you all about it. I’m thank­ful to you read­ing this. I’m thank­ful to you. Tried to end it. A melt­down of ev­ery­thing around me. I’m sorry I made you hurt and wor­ried, I was just tired. I’ve beeeeen bro­ken.”

La­mayne’s mother, Sara Man­ney told South Africa’s Daily Sun that the rap­per was re­cov­er­ing well.

“This whole thing came as a shock and I have no choice but to be strong,” she said.

The past year has been a par­tic­u­larly tough one for La­mayne both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally. She changed record la­bels, lost a close friend in the form of ProKid, lost her boyfriend Sandile Mkhize and she lost a men­tor in HHP. THE Arch­bishop of Kam­pala, Cyprian Kiz­ito Lwanga, has sug­gested that the govern­ment of Uganda deduct tithe from work­ers’ salaries.

Speak­ing dur­ing a mass, the Catholic Arch­bishop said many Chris­tians don’t tithe and this af­fects church pro­jects, re­ports Ci­ti­zen Kenya.

“When­ever we ask for tithe, ev­ery­one gives only what they have at that time. But the Bi­ble says a tenth of what­ever you earn be­longs to the church,” said Arch­bishop Lwanga.

“Give me your sup­port as I front this pro­posal be­cause it is good for us. Aren’t you tired of putting money in the bas­kets all the time?”

Arch­bishop Lwanga said he wanted Uganda to go the Ger­man route, where Ger­mans, who are reg­is­tered as Catholics, Protes­tants or Jews have a church tax (Kirchen­s­teuer) of 8-9 per­cent de­ducted from their an­nual in­come.

“I was told Ger­mans made agree­ments with their govern­ment to deduct monthly tithe from their salaries and for­ward it to the church and this money they use to build and ren­o­vate their churches,” he added.

Gigi La­mayne

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