A former high-ranking MP in Malawi committed suicide in the country’s Parliament House on Thursday afternoon.
Former second deputy speaker, Clement Chivaya, 50, shot himself in the head with a pistol inside the National Assembly. The details of what caused Chivea to kill himself remained sketchy.
Parliament said in a statement that the public would be informed at an appropriate time, as the Malawi Police Service was investigating the incident.
While in office, Chivaya represented the opposition United Democratic Front.
According to the Parliament statement, Chivaya was recently involved in a court case regarding his vehicle. The car was in an accident before the transfer of ownership was completed, and the insurance expired.
Chiwaya sought help from the Office of the Government Ombudsman, which made a determination in his favour, but the High Court of Malawi set the determination aside.
The Parliament statement said that the guards have proper equipment and protocols to ensure security in the building. However, Chivaya’s suicide raised concerns.
Former military officer Sheriff Cassie, a security expert based in Blantyre, said, “To me, I would say there is a laxity on how security should be provided in high-risk places like Parliament. It’s a wake-up call in management.” Of security. In that sense you cannot manage security when you have cameras and detectors.”
Chivaya had used a wheelchair for many years. In its statement, the National Assembly said that while the entrance to Chivaya went off alert on Thursday while passing metal detectors, the alert was assumed from a wheelchair, and so the guards did not look for any firearms.