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Ex-MP shoots himself dead in office, investigations underway

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A high-ranking former Malawian MP, Clement Chiwaya, has shot himself dead in an office in Parliament.

Chiwaya, who was a wheelchair user after he contracted polio at the age of two, served as deputy Speaker between 2014 and 2019.

In a suicide note, he wrote about the dispute he had with parliamentary officials over the ownership of a specially adapted vehicle.

After losing an election he began a process to allow him to buy the car provided by Parliament that enabled him to drive despite his disability.

He paid for the vehicle but he accused Parliament of failing to transfer ownership.

In a statement released after his death, the Speaker’s office said the matter was still in court.

 BBC

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