Malawi minister commits suicide after losing election

Malawi minister commits suicide after losing election

Thursday, May 22, 2014 12:53 pm

A Deputy Local Government Minister Godfrey Kamanya has committed suicide in Malawi after losing his seat in Tuesday’s parliamentary election.

Godfrey Kamanya shot himself dead early on Thursday, police and family members have confirmed.

“We received a report at around 4 a.m. (local time) this morning that Hon. Kamanya had shot himself, as for the reasons he has left a suicide note,’’ PANA quoted Lilongwe Police Officer-in-Charge Richard Luhanga as saying.

He, however, refused to disclose the contents of the suicide note, saying: “Family members can disclose that.’’

Kamanya: shoots self to death

Kamanya: shoots self to death

Kamanya’s close friend and cabinet colleague, Transport Minister Ulemu Chilapondwa, also confirmed the suicide.

“His wife called my wife telling her we should rush to the house because Mr Kamanya had shot himself. This was around 3.30 a.m.,’’ he said.

Chilapondwa said when they arrived at the house they found that Kamanya had locked himself in a spare bedroom.

“We forced the door open because we hoped he might still be alive and we wanted to rush him to hospital.

“But when we broke down the door we found him lifeless,’’ he said.

Chilapondwa also confirmed the presence of a suicide note.

The suicide was a bizarre turn of events in the southern African country following the elections said to be tightest ever in the country’s history. Incumbent President Joyce Banda early today called for an audit of the votes being tallied as some candidates are returning votes bigger than the registered voters.

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