Missing: Dickson Lester Found dead, what happened to the Malawi university of business student? Explained

Dickson Lester

Dickson Lester, a 25-year-old who went missing on December 23, was discovered unconscious on the edge of Dedza Mountain on December 24, 2022. Let’s see what happened to him in detail.

What happened to Dickson Lester?

On December 23, 2022, Lester—a third-year student at the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) in Blantyre—was first reported missing.

Lester was discovered unconscious in a rough thicket on the crest of the Dedza Mountain by women who were collecting firewood on Saturday morning, December 24, 2022, according to Sergeant Cassim Manda, a Dedza police deputy spokesman.

He was taken by police to Dedza District Hospital, where it was determined that he had passed away. Initial reports of an open post-mortem examination identified damaged hyper-pigmented organs secondary to poisoning.

Samples have been gathered in the interim for additional testing at the Central Laboratory in Lilongwe.

Why did he commit suicide?

The postmortem examination performed by the Dedza District Hospital on 25-year-old Dickson Lester revealed that he committed suicide.

Lester, a third year student of Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences was withdrawn from school for failing exams. He had gone missing before he was discovered unconscious near Dedza Mountain on Christmas Eve.

Lester was stressed, according to police investigations, for failing four subjects out of twelve modules, which resulted in his withdrawal from the University, according to the statement released on the night of 26th December 2022 as signed by Manda.

Blantyre Dickson Lester, 25, was from Mandala Village, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza in Dedza district.

Tributes to Blantyre Dickson Lester:

Innocent Thierry Mwanjabe tweeted,

So heartbreaking to his loved ones. Ma options to be successful are many out there just that we only believe that school is the only tool to success hence this mindset has demotivated many people to push harder in life and see themselves as failures when they fail to achieve any certificates from this prestigious learning institution.

Kosine Y M’madi posted,

I encourage all young men and women studying at various universities to work so hard when given a chance. If you have a laptop, pocket money, and accommodation, you have no reason to fail unless you are sick. Work hard guys, osamatengeka ndi moyo wa pa campus, …. RIP.

Tabitha Mataula commented,

I wish we could have people who had passed through depression and they should be at the forefront of encouraging other people who are passing through the same on how best they can defeat depression… Rest in peace, lad.

Rebecca Naphiri Karimu commented,

Very sorry, depression is real, let us check one another every time, people are passing through a lot, and of course, it’s very painful to be winded but let’s take and reflect, there is also life after that


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