Teacher commits suicide after massive deductions, meager increment

A teacher of Miseshi basic school in Chitambo district of Central province committed suicide by drinking rat poison after realizing that the much anticipated increment of salary was very little while he had suffered massive deductions from loans he secured to pay for his children who have passed the exams.

 Winstone Kunda, like many other civil servants had anticipated a stable increment after a two year wage freeze and had borrowed some money for his children’s needs but was shocked when he discovered that the increment was as little as K120 and had K48 as his net pay hence locked himself in a lodge in Serenje and committed suicide. He is survived by a wife and five Children, his body is lying in Serenje district hospital awaiting postmortem and thereafter burial.

 Several other civil servants have felt cheated by PF government on the promised increment, saying that the meager increment will have no impact due to the high cost of living.

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