According to Mchinji Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Kaitano Lubrino, the deceased’s son Robert Lumbani (31) who hails from Mkumba village traditional authority Zulu in Mchinji told the Police that his mother was one of the beneficiaries of this year’s FISP program but after receiving the coupons she misplaced them within her house.
This development confused her minds to the extent that she visited some traditional healers thinking they were mysteriously stolen.
After realizing that this had failed, the deceased on November 17 2018 complained to her relatives who later reported the issue same day to the village headman Mkumba for assistance.
The chief and some elders from the village together with the woman jointly went to her house to have physical search for the coupons and they found them.
“This prompted the chief to order the woman to pay one chicken, a punishment which did not go well with her. Olive Gaudesio uncomfortably left where they were discussing back to her house.
“After noting that it was taking time before she reported back, the elders followed her where they found her unconscious. Before she had taken her last breath she disclosed to them that she had swallowed Acephate powder.
A post-mortem examination conducted at Mchinji District Hospital revealed that she died of poisoning,” said Inspector Lubrino.
Meanwhile the police in the district have expressed concern over the increase of suicide cases and have since appealed to Malawians to desist from taking own life as a remedy for problem solving since it leaves many people vulnerable.
Olive Gaudesio hailed from Mkumba Village T/A Zulu in Mchinji.