10 January 2013

Zambia: Medical Doctor Jumps to Death

A MEDICAL doctor on Tuesday evening committed suicide by jumping from the fifth floor of Premium Plaza in Ndola.

Kanyanta Kapapa, of Flat 2 at Premium Plaza extension, jumped to his death at around 19:30 hours landing on the concrete surface. He was rushed to Ndola Central Hospital (NCH) and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he died around 22:00 hours.

Copperbelt police chief, Mary Tembo and NCH public relations officer Shoena Chalimbana confirmed the incident which stunned passers-by at Premium Plaza in Kansenshi residential area.

Police said Dr Kapapa, 28, used to work at Kalomo General Hospital but was at the time of his death working at Northrise Medical centre while on leave.

He did not leave any suicide note but his sister Norma Kapapa tried in vain to stop him from jumping.

Dr Kapapa was due to go back to NCH, where he was an intern for two years for a master's degree.

His father Eric Kapapa said in an interview at the funeral house on 89 Broadway, Town Centre that the family received the news with shock.

He said the late Dr Kapapa was a jovial and good nurtured man who the family did not expect could commit suicide.

Mr Kapapa said none of the family members knew what led to the suicide and that the deceased did not say anything nor leave a note.

Meanwhile, Police in Kitwe have arrested three men for attempting to steal a taxi. Ms Tembo confirmed the development, saying the incident happened on Monday this week at around 17:00 hours near the Convent School in Chingola.

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