NOEL IYOMBWA writes

@SunZambian

Over 1000 Zambia social media commentators yesterday hit the facebook page of the student who committed suicide mourning and condemning him in equal measure.

An enraged Vernon De Bwalya called him a coward who has ashamed his parents:

“Bro…you gave up cowardly.. You selfish to think about only your self what of your parents who loves you unconditional… Rest in peace coward,” he furiously wrote.

The comments that nearly broke the internet were still pilling by the time we went to press last evening.

But social media continued to explode more with messages of condolences for the family of the Evelyn Hone student who killed him.

The family of Wezi Nyirenda, the 24-year-old Everlyn Hone college student who committed suicide is in shock and yet to decide his burial. 

Students, on the other hand, are calling for a pastor to cleanse the place where Wezi killed himself to prevent his soul from.wondering around.

A family representative, Pastor Yoram Gondwe,  told the Sun in a telephone interview that the family are in mourning and yet to decide the day for his burial.

Mr. Nyirenda a first-year student studying environmental health is suspected to have committed suicide on Monday night in unclear circumstances.

His body was discovered behind Tanzania hostel with a bottle containing what was suspected to be juice and an empty test tube.

Wezi was expelled from the University of Zambia and according to his friends, committed suicide after attempts to get attention from family members drew a blank.

The discovery of a dead student has sent shivers in the student populace at Evelyn Hone College. Some students fear the hostel might be haunted if not prayed for.

Suicide deaths are locally suspected to bring spirits which don’t rest.

Students at Lusaka’s Evelyn Hone College woke up to a rude shock on Tuesday morning after discovering the body of a 24-year-old student believed to have committed suicide in unclear circumstance. 

Police deputy spokesperson, Rae Hamoonga, confirmed the death of Wezi Nyirenda to the Sun.

Hamoonga said Nyirenda’s body was discovered behind a students’ hostels, Tanzania Hostel yesterday around 05.00 hours, and that it has since been deposited at the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) mortuary.

Nyirenda, of Kafue, was found dead with bloodstains, behind the Hostel with a test tube and a bottle containing suspected orange juice.

And Evelyn Hone College Students Union president, Bruno Sitanzye, also confirmed the death of Nyirenda who was a first-year Environmental Health student.

Sitanzye said Nyirenda was expelled from UNZA but later enrolled at Evelyn Hone College.

He explained that it was believed Nyirenda had pressure from this family after being expelled from UNZA.

 Sitanzye said that on Saturday, the college union decided to call Nyirenda’s sister to inform her about the suspected suicide intentions of her brother, but she gave a negative feedback.

“It’s like Nyirenda had pressure from his family when he was at UNZA where he was expelled and later enrolled at Evelyn Hone College but unfortunately he failed one course. That’s when he started having wrangles with the family. From the time he failed, he has been saying that he will kill himself.

“On Saturday we called the sister to tell her what Nyirenda has been saying but her answer was very negative, she told us that let him go ahead and kill himself,” he said

Sitanzye criticized the manner Nyirenda’s sister came out saying she was supposed to help him by finding out why he wanted to kill himself.

And roommate, Greenford Berta, said Nyirenda was a very open person hence no one took what he said about committing suicide seriously.

He said for the past one week, Nyirenda has been saying he would kill himself one day but they did not take him seriously because he liked joking. Mr. Berta said Nyirenda,  a strong Patriotic Front (PF) secretary-general for the Evelyn Hone College branch, had for the last few days been saying he would commit suicide but that his friends never used to take him seriously because they thought he was joking.

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