By Staff Reporter
MASVINGO: A teenager employed as a herd-boy in Nyajena communal lands here committed suicide after he was ordered to stop smoking marijuana or risk losing his job.
The now-deceased Tinashe Nhamo, 16, was found hanging from a tree 50 meters away from his employer’s homestead.
Acting provincial police spokesperson Kudakwashe Dhewa said the incident occurred on 19 August this year.
Nhamo and his 62-year-old employer Joseph Manyewe were reportedly drinking beer at the family homestead in Changa village when the teenager was threatened with dismissal from employment if he continued to smoke mbanje.
Manyewe is said to have also accused the teen of always coming home late and not properly executing his duties.
“This did not go down well with the now-deceased who retired to his room and was not seen for the remainder of the day.
“The following morning his employer left for Masvingo city to process his pension documents with the National Social Security Authority only to return in the evening to hear that his herd-boy had committed suicide, ” Asst Insp Dhewa said.
The lifeless body of the teenager was found hanging from tree by Manyewe’s wife, Rumbidzai Manyewe, 58, as she was sweeping the yard.