HARARE – A 41-year-old man from Mabvuku on Thursday committed suicide by diving into a moving commuter omnibus, amid rumours that he had just had a heated argument with his wife.
The incident occurred at the corner of 4th Street and Nelson Mandela Avenue at around 11:30am. Witnesses say that the man, identified as Edward Kabaya, 41, had been seen in a cat and mouse chase with a lady, who later turned out to be his sister Felistas Tekeshe Kabaya.
People mobbed the area, with the deceased’s head and part of the body covered by blue cloth and police had to barricade the road. “The two seemed to be having problems, with the guy trying to escape from her. At one point, he jumped into another vehicle but the driver applied some brakes.
“She then caught him and sat with him on the pavement but he sneaked and jumped into the vehicle. The driver tried to evade him but it was late and he hit him,” said a witness.
“We heard that he was having problems with his wife and he threw himself into the moving vehicle. There are always squabbles between lovers, associated with Valentine’s Day,” said another source.
The deceased’s sister, Felistas, who was shaken, told H-Metro that her brother had not been feeling well and was on sick leave. She denied claims that he was having marital problems which led him to committing the suicide.
“He has not been feeling well and he was on sick leave. I do not know what happened, I’m shocked. He had no problems and was currently receiving treatment,” she said.
Reports are that Kabaya had initially tried to run into another vehicle, whose driver managed to avoid him. He was reportedly stopped and made to sit on a pavement where he late escaped and ran into the kombi.
The driver of the kombi, registration number ABG5167, Edzai Zhuwao, who plies the route Mabvuku-Msasa said it was a sudden dash into his wheels.
“He did not come from the front. I would have seen him. I do not know what happened, I just found him in the wheels. Traffic was a bit heavy, I would have seen him. It’s so sad, I did not have any passenger as I was going to park the vehicle in Greencroft,” he said. H Metro
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