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NUST student dies after throwing himself into a dam

A FINAL year student at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) studying towards a Degree in Biology and Biochemistry, committed suicide over the weekend.

Alpha Kayeruza committed suicide by throwing himself in a dam in Mvurwi, Mashonaland Central province on Saturday.

He was buried on Monday.

In a circular, Nust student representative council minister of information Desire Kateyera said: “It is with great sadness that we note the passing away of Alpha Kayeruza. He is alleged to have committed suicide by throwing himself in a dam Mvurwi.”

Kateyera urged students to make use of the counselling services provided by the institution.

“We urge students to talk to someone whenever they have challenges. Counselling services are available at the divisions of student affairs (Office No WG8) and at the Nust student’s residence.

“Mental illness can be invisible. You can have anxiety, but still sound confident. You can be depressed but still smile and make jokes. You can be suicidal, but appear ‘very fine’. Be wary of these and make sure you share what could be affecting your mental health with someone,” said Kateyera.

Last month, a part three student pursuing a Property Development and Estate Management Degree from the same institution, Vernon Musomera, is said to have killed himself at his parents’ home in Nkwisi Gardens, Tynwald in Harare. ■

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