A 49-year-old Headteacher in Nkhotakota district has committed suicide for fear of being arrested after news that he impregnated a 14-year-old girl surfaced.

Nkhunga police station publicist, Ignatius Esau has identified the deceased as Mr Darwin Nkhoma who hailed from Kamphandika village in the area of Traditional Authority Kafuzila in Nkhotakota.

According to the publicist, twenty three years ago, the Malawi government recruited Mr. Darwin Nkhoma as a primary school teacher. Over the years, Mr. Nkhoma rose through the ranks and became a headteacher.

“Nine years ago, he was posted to Kaweluwelu primary school and during his stay at the school, he fell in love with a 14-year-old girl whom he later impregnated (now three months old according to hospital documents).

“As bush fire, the news went rife around the area which later attracted the attention of activists who advocate for the advancement of girl-child education,” said the publicist.

He continued to say, “On the morning of July 27, 2018 the activists visited the girl who later led them to the school where the actual ‘act’ took place.

“Sensing danger that the activists might later report the matter to police, the headteacher in the middle of the night lied to his wife that he was to attend to goats outside their house but he never returned, “Esau said.

Two days later, Nkhoma was found hanging dead in a nearby forest and postmortem singled out suffocation as the major cause of the deceased’s death.

 

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