Manyinga teen hangs self after mother scolds her for promiscuity

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A TEENAGE girl in Manyinga District, Northwestern Province, has taken her own life after her mother rebuked her from allegedly having overnights at different men’s houses instead of focusing on education.

17-year-old girl, Maggie Kawika, took her own life last Friday after a confrontation with her mother, Philis Lukungu four days prior.

According to sources the disagreement stemmed from Maggie’s habit of spending nights at men’s houses for human to human biological experimentations rather than the test for reducing sugar or starch.

It has been revealed that the young lady wanted so badly to fulfil scripture in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth…” But her mother was the stumbling block who wanted more for her daughter.

Witnesses said following the argument with her mother, Maggie left home since that fateful day and  returned on Friday.

Maggie’s return was marked by a chilling act – she entered her bedroom and penned a note addressed to her mother and her boyfriend, known only as Tom. 

In the note, she expressed her mother’s disapproval of her having children, like her elder sister, and professed her love to Tom, advising him not to lament over her death.

After leaving her final words on the bedroom floor, Maggie used a belt from her dress to hang herself from a stool, a tragic echo of Shakespeare’s Juliet without a Romeo.

The grim discovery was made by a concerned neighbour, Menia Chiyangi, who promptly reported the suicide to Manyinga Police station. 

Responding swiftly, officers found Maggie’s lifeless body hanging. 

The body was lowered, inspected, and later transported to Laloma Mission Hospital, where a medical doctor officially pronounced her dead.

Northwestern Police commanding Officer, Denise Moola, conveyed the unfortunate incident, stating that no foul play was suspected in the matter. 

Moola emphasized the need for careful communication with young individuals, recognizing their vulnerability to such drastic measures.

“It is very unfortunate that we are losing our young ones like that, especially when it comes to girls, they are very vulnerable to opting for suicide.”

“So, as parents, we need to be very careful as we approach them on such matters, we need to choose some words to use while still disciplining and teaching them,” remarked Moola.

By Buumba Mwitumwa 

Kalemba, February 6, 2024

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