Richard Nhika, a 38-year old Zimbabwean gospel musician and church pastor took his life while filming himself. According to him, he was prompted to commit suicide as a result of a conflict he had with his girlfriend, Nomatter. .
In the video, he said: “This is where I am seated, just close to the road… I think it’s about 15 to 20 metres so take care.” In the video Richard says: I will always love you Nomatter, which is why when I saw you I never insulted you or said anything bad. .
I have decided to die next to this tree so that everyone can see, this is real poison you can even see for yourself.” .
Chronicle and H-Metro newspapers reported earlier this week that Nhika later died in Harare’s Parirenyatwa hospital.
GOSPEL musician Richard Nhika shot a two minutes video committing suicide in a bush near Goodhope suburb.
After consuming the poisonous substance believed to be cotton pesticide, Richard who was now an Apostolic Faith Mission junior pastor was taken to Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals where he died the following day.
From evidence gathered from the video, the 38-year-old man of cloth took away his life over a misunderstanding with his girlfriend only identified as Nomatter.
“I will always love you Nomatter, which is why when I saw you I never insulted you or said anything bad.
“I have decided to die next to this tree so that everyone can see, this is real poison you can even see for yourself.
“I will always love you Nomatter and thank you for taking away my life,” he said whilst drinking the pesticide.
Family spokespersons Pauline Busu and Nyasha Nhika said they were saddened by the death of their relative.
They said they never thought Richard would decide to end his life considering his spiritual background.
“When we got to the scene where he committed suicide, we found the video in his phone which he had shot taking away his life.
“We are convinced that this was a spiritual attack that happened to him because in his normal senses, he would not have done something like this.
“He was a pastor at AFM Church and he was actually launching his album he featured Mathias Mhere, Dereck Mpofu and Sharon Manyonganise and no one ever expected him to do such a thing.
“We are receiving calls from many people who he ministered to, even some influential people are also calling us sending their condolence messages.
“Two days before he died, he would wake up in the middle of the night praying and no one ever bothered to ask what was going on in his life,” Pauline said.
When asked whether they knew the reason he committed suicide, Nyasha interjected:
“He was fine, he never shared with us if he was facing any problems with anyone, we only heard of him mentioning a lady called Nomatter in his video.
“From what he was saying in the video, it seems she was his girlfriend and they were having some challenges.
“However, no one from our family had ever met her, but we are looking forward to seeing her so that she explains to us what really went wrong between her and Richard.
“So far from the investigations we made, we were informed that they go to the same church and they were in love.”
Meanwhile, mourners are gathered at Nhika’s family house in Chitungwiza.
His body will be ferried from Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals straight to Marondera Cemetery.