A former deputy speaker in Malawi on Thursday committed suicide.
According to Parliament, Clement Chiwaya, who was 50 shot himself in the head inside parliament, where he had gone for a meeting to discuss vehicle benefits entitled to him when he left office in 2019.
Parliament “regrets to inform the public that the former deputy speaker… committed suicide at the parliament building,” it said in a statement.
It said the incident was linked to “frustration with the implementation of his conditions of service.”
Chiwaya bought his official vehicle at the end of his five-year term in 2019, as provided for in his contract.
But he had tried to get parliament to pay for damages incurred in an accident that happened six months later.
He took the case to court. The legal process is still pending.
Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the incident without giving further details.
Before he became deputy speaker, he served as a member of parliament from 2004.