Soldier commits suicide over HIV+ girlfriend


Bulawayo Bureau
A SOLDIER committed suicide on New Year’s Day in Hwange after allegedly hearing from friends that his girlfriend of two weeks was taking antiretroviral tablets.

The incident occurred at around 9am at Luseche Village under Chief Nekatambe.

Proud Tshuma (26) hange himself less than 30 metres from his uncle Peter Mudenda’s homestead.

Mudenda, the uncle to the late soldier, said he was away at work when Tshuma took his own life.

He said he had last seen him on Christmas Day and had no idea of what had bothered the young man to resort to killing himself.

Headman of Nekabandama, Andrew Shoko, said he had heard that a soldier killed himself over a girlfriend’s alleged HIV status.

“My advice is that these youngsters must go for testing before being intimate,” he said.

The girlfriend (name supplied) denied that she had anything to do with her lover’s death.

“We met this December when he came for the holidays from Mutare where he works.

“When we met he asked me to come and stay with him at his uncle’s place in Luseche village and I agreed.

“I am not aware of the so-called fights and the HIV allegations,” she said.

“At around 11pm on the December 31, we parted ways when he was going to St Mary’s for a party with his friends.

“He did not return home until next morning,” she said.

She said the following morning at around 9am she left for the shops to buy airtime and when she returned, she found him back but dead.

“I was shocked to find people all over the yard saying Proud had committed suicide,” she said.

A man only identified as Sola told The Chronicle he arrived at the scene moments after the soldier had hanged himself and quickly called people to try and rescue him but it was too late.

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