The people of my city got up one morning to the shocking news of the tragic death of a young girl, brutally murdered by her jilted fiancé, a taxi-driver by name, Che Ndi. Lum Ambe, a young, beautiful University student, was butchered to death in broad daylight just a few meters away from her room in the students’ residential area.
She hailed from a very wretched family. Her parents had been unable to sponsor her in school. At ten, she agreed to marry Che Ndi, a school dropout and taxi-driver. Taxi-drivers are not well paid where I live but are highly valued by girls because of the taxi at their disposal. With it they can take their girlfriend to wherever she wants to go.
In addition, more than half of the income from the taxi business goes into the driver’s pocket. Thus, he Ndi had enough money to take full care of a girlfriend or fiance. He provided her all her needs and sponsored her through secondary school, High school and was sponsoring her in University when the tragedy occurred.
The two young people were very close and looked forward to the day they would get married and live like husband and wife. Everything seemed perfect for them. Their parents supported their plan and it was just a question of time before.
He was proud of her and boasted to his friends that his wife would soon be a graduate. He spared no effort to keep her up and she always dressed very well. As the days went by, she became more and more beautiful.
More and more men began to admire her. One of them was one of her professors. At first, she refused and said she was already committed to someone else. The young professor, who was in dire need of a wife, would not leave her alone. To him, she was the ideal woman he had been waiting for. He put enormous pressure on her and enticed her in different ways such as giving her high marks she did not deserve, showering her with presents; and making promises that got into her head.
He did not stop at that. He went to the girl’s mother and won her heart. Her father was against but found himself helpless under the pressure of his wife.
In the end, the girl gave in and started behaving strangely to her fiancé who did not take long to notice that something had gone wrong. When he faced her about the matter, she pretended that all was well. Yet, as the days rolled by, they became more and more estranged from each other.
In the end there was no way she could continue to play hide and seek. The truth had to come out: she would no longer marry him.
When a quarrel erupted, she told him what she thought of him; “a poor illiterate fellow; a wretch, a mere taxi-driver with no future.”
Of course, the boy’s anger became uncontrollable. Feeling stranded, he decided to meet the parents of the girl to intervene. The man was more understanding; the woman was not ready to listen. She did not see how a “mere taxi-driver” should want to marry her daughter, a whole university student.
The young man had never been so angry. All his effort to bring the girl and her family to reason bore no fruit. When he saw that all doors had been closed to him, he took the decision that he executed on that fateful day.
Early that morning, he got up; got his machete well sharpened; went and took cover in a bush on the road that he knew the girl would take to go to class, and waited for her. It did not take long when she appeared; and at once, he jumped out and started butchering her.
Her screams brought a crowd to the scene; but it was too late. She had been deadly wounded. She gave up the ghost on the way as she was being rushed to hospital.
The whole city was stunned by the incident.
I brought this story so that we may advise our young people and even parents not to fall victim to this type of thing. In fact, this is not the first time this has happened.
When I was in University myself, a young man was treated by a girl he had sponsored in a similar way. He locked her in the house and set it on fire. She lost her life.
What d you say about this?