By Holly Lennon, Ryan Carroll and Durell Namasani
A Uk based Malawian sadly lost his life recently after falling from a flat in the Scottish city of Glasgow. Now his family wants to make sure that the remains of Harvey Wittika should return home and have launched a desperate appeal to bring his body home to Malawi.
Wittika who left Malawi in in 2005, had been living in the city for the last six years. The 37-year-old, originally from Blantyre in Malawi, has been described as a ‘beautiful person who was always positive’,
Harvey was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital on August 6 after falling from the second floor of his flat building. A family friend told Glasgow Live: “Harvey was found unconscious near his flat, he must have fallen from the second floor to the ground. An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital. He was still alive when he got there but passed away a short time later”.
He sadly died a short time later and police in Glasgow were unable to track down any of his family. They were forced to contact the Malawi High Commission in London who circulated his image among the community. His family was eventually made aware of his death and are now trying to get him home.
Harvey first moved to the UK to study Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire where he graduated with a master’s degree. After struggling to get work in the industry, he was employed as a chef in Wagamama’s and Nando’s in St Albans.He later moved to Glasgow.
Some concerned Malawians have been quick to help , notably Rhodrick Kalumpha who set up a Go fund page to help raise money to repatriate Harvey body back to Malawi ” It is with deep sorrow to inform you that our beloved brother and friend, Harvey, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Glasgow.
As his death was sudden and unexpected, we would like to give him the best send off that he deserves. Therefore, on behalf of the family, we would like to request any of you for monetary assistance of any amount to ensure that our dear friend and brother is honoured in the best way possible” wrote Kalumpha on the Go Fund page. A target of £3000 has been set and so far over £2600 has been raised.
Those that want to contribute can access the Go fund page here: Funeral Contribution for Harvey Winn Wittika
Original Reporting from Daily Record