Politician Shoots Himself Dead Inside Parliament Building

Authorities in Malawi say a former deputy speaker shot himself in the head inside parliament in the capital, Lilongwe.

Clement Chiwaya, who uses a wheelchair, came to the building on Thursday to talk about the car benefits he was entitled to when he retired two years ago.

Parliament “regrets to inform the public that the former deputy speaker … committed suicide at the parliament building,” it said in a statement.

“The incident is in relation to frustration with the implementation of his conditions of service.”

Chiwaya, 50, purchased his official car towards the conclusion of his five-year tenure, as stipulated in his contract, in 2019. He had, however, attempted to have parliament compensate him for losses sustained in an accident that occurred six months later.

“Honorable Chiwaya was involved in an accident while using his purchased vehicle. Unfortunately, the comprehensive insurance had expired at the time of the accident,” the parliament’s statement said.

James Kadadzera, a police spokesman, confirmed the event on Thursday but declined to provide any information until he got a full report from investigators.

According to the statement from parliament, Chiwaya had covertly carried a pistol inside the high-security facility.

“Having been a person with a disability, the [security] scanner alerts were deemed to be from the wheelchair,” the statement said.

“Following the incident, parliament will enhance security measures for all categories of visitors to the Parliament building.”

Chiwaya shot himself in the head inside the office of the clerk of parliament, Fiona Kalembera, according to a source in parliament.

Chiwaya was member of parliament from 2004 before becoming the deputy speaker

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