PRISCILLA CHIPULU, Kasama
OVER 10 suicide cases are reported in Northern Province every month, provincial police commissioner Richard Mweene has disclosed.
Mr Mweene described the situation as rampant and alarming.
Speaking in an interview yesterday, Mr Mweene said most of the suicide cases involve men aged between18 to 36.
“We are yet to carry out a research to find why this is taking place; it is quite rampant and worrisome as the country needs young people to spearhead development of the country.
“These cases are the ones reported to police, we still have some not captured, the cause is unknown but we suspect pressure. I remember the other month, we recorded 10 cases of pupils who committed suicide because they failed their exams,” Mr Mweene said.
He urged parents to counsel their children on how to deal with pressures of life.
Meanwhile, Kasama Central member of Parliament Kelvin Sampa says it is worrisome that people are taking their lives as a result of feeling hopeless and helpless.
Mr Sampa attributed the problem to high poverty levels.
“I receive over 100 phone calls in a day from different people requesting financial support which is worrying to me as their leader.
“As you know, Northern Province does not have significant industries not until last year when the government connected it to the national electricity grid,” Mr Sampa said.
He called on the private sector to set up industries to complement Government’s job creation agenda.
Mr Sampa also assured the people in his constituency that Government is doing everything possible to ensure they are empowered.
Meanwhile, a traditional leader has expressed concern at the number of suicide cases reported in the province.
Headman Brighton Kapata of Henry Kapata village urged Government to help the province set up recreational centres for youths.
“There are many problems faced by the people here such as unemployment, peer pressure, among others. I also want to encourage the parents to take their children to school so that the vice is curtailed,” he said.