My name is Loveness Mkandawire, I
am 48 and I live in Manyinga,North western Province.
I am a widow, my husband died a long time ago.He died when I was pregnant.He did not have a chance to see his only child.
After my daughter was born, I named her Chapusana, a Kaonde name given to the child born after the father’s death.
I used to love my husband very much and when he died I promised myself to never involve myself with another man.
Chapusana was very intelligent at school and despite struggling in life I made sure she went to school.
As you know most village girls drop out of school when they reach Puberty and are married off, but the story was different with my daughter, she loved school and she never used to entertain boys.
I was glad that my daughter chose the right path.
I used to work in people’s farms and the money I was paid, I made sure It all went towards her education.
My daughter wrote her grade seven exams and passed with flying colours.
She was accepted in grade 8 at Mukinge boarding school for girls in Kasempa,North western province.
I was happy when she left for secondary school, because I had so much hope that she was going to take care of me once she completed school.
All was well until in grade 8 term three when the school sent her back home after it was discovered that she was pregnant.
I felt betrayed, I could not understand why my daughter could do such a thing.
And the sad thing is that the Married man responsible for her pregnancy refused to have anything to do with her.
My daughter stayed at home till she gave birth to a baby girl
(the girl in a green and white attire), I named her daughter Luketekelo which means Faith.
My daughter stayed out of school for close to 2 years.I then advised her to repeat grade 8.
My cousin from Solwezi organised a place for her at Solwezi Day secondary school in Solwezi.
She left her child with me when she left for school and started living with my cousin in Mushitala in Solwezi.
She was at Solwezi day secondary school from grade 8 until she wrote her grade 12 exams in 2015 and got 8 points.
She applied at the University of Zambia’s School of medicine but was accepted in school of Education.
And when she was waiting to go to University Of Zambia, she again fell pregnant.
The man ( A truck Driver) who impregnated her was supportive and even assured me that he was going to marry her once she completes university.
But surprisingly when she delivered, the man disappeared and changed his contact details.
The man Mr Patrick Mubanga is based in Lusaka.
My daughter became depressed and on 15 th August, 2017, my daughter commited suicide,She took rat poison.
My daughter was suppose to be at the university this coming October.She was my only hope of survival in life but she decided to take her own life.
She left behind two kids.