Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

6 December 2012

Tanzania: Petty Trader Hangs Self Over Debt

A PETTY trader from Kateka Village in Kalambo District, Baraka Chalula alias Zenobi committed suicide after failing to clear debts he owed peasants who had entrusted him with their crops, on credit.

The Rukwa Regional Police Commander (RPC), Mr Jacob Mwaruanda, confirmed that the grisly incident occurred at the deceased's residence around 7am on Monday. Zenobi, hanged himself using a sisal rope and when searched was found with a written message explaining why he had decided to terminate his life.

"I have decided to take my life this way after I was harassed by so many people mostly peasants, whom I took their produces, mostly maize, on credit but failed to pay them back. So, my wife should not be harassed or questioned over my death.

"Unfortunately, I sold the maize I took from peasants to some of my colleagues who refused to pay me yet I never bothered them," read part of the message. The RPC said that on that material morning, the deceased asked his wife to fetch water and put it into the bathing room, his wife did that, it was then that he took his towel and entered the bathroom.

Mr Mwaruanda expounded that preliminary investigations reveal that before he hanged himself, the deceased first swallowed unspecified amount of insecticide which was later through postmortem identified to be Actellic. He said that the deceased's wife was surprised by her husband's delay in the bathroom as it was over two hours.

So, she rushed to the bathroom and found her husband's body lifeless and dangling from the roof. She is said to have discovered a small bottle on the floor.

In another incident, police in Sumbawanga District are holding a famous broker, Mshamu Nyenza alias 'Bonge Big' (36), a resident from Kidongo Chekundu, Mazwi area in the municipality after being caught red-handed with illicit drugs identified as cocaine.

According to RPC, the suspect was nabbed at around 7am on Monday following a tip-off by a law abiding citizen. Law enforcers acted swiftly and caught him with four pellets of cocaine whose value is still to be ascertained.

Mr Mwaruanda further explained that police officers are still holding the suspect for interrogation in a bid to extract more information on where he got the drugs and his associates and he will be arraigned as soon as preliminary investigations of the case are complete.

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