An 11-year-old student in grade three from Katyetye hamlet in the Chibombo area is said to have killed himself under mysterious circumstances.
Benjamin Musonda is thought to have been discovered two hours after being ordered to herd cattle when he skipped school, hanging by the neck from a tree with a neck tie.
Police commissioner for Central Province David Chileshe, who confirmed the tragic news, said the event happened on Thursday.
“Brief facts were that on Thursday, March 30th, this year, the deceased knocked off from school around 12:00 hours. Later around 15:00 hours he was sent to go and relieve his cousin in herding of the cattle. The deceased left home ,but was later discovered hanging from a tree around 1700: hours on the same day,” he said
Mr Chileshe said the reasons for the suicide have not been established as the deceased never left a suicide note nor showed any signs of suicide.
“The scene was visited and all signs of suicide were visible on the body of the deceased. Police and the family do not suspect any foul play while the body of the deceased is lying in Liteta Hospital Mortuary awaiting burial,” he said.