Midlands Bureau Chief
A NATIONAL University of Science and Technology (Nust) student hanged himself in his father’s house after blowing his college fees with a woman he met in a nightclub.
George Bonomali, 26, of Mkoba 15 in Gweru, hanged himself in his bedroom with a satellite dish cable on Monday at around 11AM.
Bonomali was, according to the police summary of death, a student at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo.
Sources said he was doing his final year studies in marketing.
The police report shows his girlfriend found him hanged, on the verge of death.
“Bonomali hanged himself in his bedroom with a satellite dish cable which was suspended from the roof truss. He was found by his girlfriend but it was too late to save his life,” reads part of the sudden death police report.
Neighbours yesterday told The Chronicle that Bonomali received an undisclosed amount of money from his aunt, who is based in the United Kingdom, for university fees.
The neighbours said instead of paying the fees, Bonomali squandered the money with a woman that he met in a Gweru nightclub.
“What we understand is that he had squandered his college tuition fees with a lady of the night and that didn’t go well with his father, a teacher at a local school,” said a neighbour, who did not wish to be named.
The neighbour said on March 14, at around 10AM, Bonomali was at his parents’ house waiting for his girlfriend only identified as Tanya
“He asked me if I had seen Tanya but I said ‘no’. He told me that he was tired with life and wanted to sleep. So I asked him if there was anything I could do to help but he said ‘no’. An hour later, I was surprised to hear that he had hanged himself in his bedroom. When I rushed there, I found his motionless body on the floor after Tanya had cut the cable from the truss and also removed the noose from his neck in an attempt to save his life,” the neighbour added.
He said George’s father, who teaches at Mpumelelo Primary School in Mkoba 15, got wind of the incident and rushed him to Mkoba Poly Clinic where the nurses pronounced him dead.
Joseph Salim Bonomali, the father, declined to speak to The Chronicle.
Nust’s director of information and public relations, Felix Moyo, said he could not comment as he was on leave.
Acting Midlands police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende said investigations into the death were underway.
“I urge members of the public to attach value to life and taking one’s life is never an answer. There’s always a choice,” she said.