Police in Maun are investigating the death of a 26- year- old man from Shashe ward whose lifeless body was found hanging from his roof rafters last week.
Nyamadhoa Kavuro did not leave a suicide note but speculations have been rife among his grieving friends and work colleagues that he could have ended his life to take himself out of the misery that his lover allegedly subjected him to. The night before Kavuro ended it all he was attacked by the girlfriend who pelted him with bricks when she found him at bar and accused him of wasting money on beer when the couple was expecting a baby.
“We were drinking at a bar close to our working place when his girlfriend arrived and started hurling insults and throwing stones and bricks at him, while telling him to stop wasting money on beer when she was pregnant with their baby. “ one of his best friend said.
The concerned friend went on to talk about how Kavuro’s friends were now used to the fact that his girlfriend was abusing him, adding that she once stabbed him with with a knife and refused to attend a family counselling session to apologise to him when the couple’s parents suggested that she did.
On the night she hit him with bricks, the girlfriend who was also Kavuro’s cousin had allegedly caused havoc at the bar forcing her man cut short his night out with friends to go home.
“His girlfriend accused him of cheating if he went out with us and often embarrassed him in public.” said the friend. Kavuro’s uncle, John Sanga said that although he knew about his nephew’s abuse by the girlfriend he did not expect it to drive him to suicide.
“I once summoned the two of them to come for counselling at my house and when the woman refused I asked my nephew to move in with me but he too turned down my offer.”
57-year-old Sanga refused to comment further on the speculations surrounding his nephew’s death except to say: “I will talk more after seeing postmortem results.”
Meanwhile Superintendent Badumetse of Maun police has asked those with social problems to seek help from relevant organisations instead of resorting to suicide.
Since the beginning of this year seven suicide cases have been recorded by the Maun police and according to Superintendent Badumetse the figure was high, especially if compared to last years and therefore had the police worried.
Efforts to get a comment from the Kavuro’s girlfriend hit a snag as she had travelled out of Maun, did not have a cellphone and didn’t tell anyone where she was travelling to.