Former Malawian Vice President Clement Chiwaya took his own life this Thursday by shooting himself in the head with a pistol in the office of Parliamentary Secretary Fiona Kalemba, who witnessed the events.
Chiwaya, who was in a wheelchair because of post-polio syndrome, cited in a suicide note the lack of self-sufficiency as the main reason for the decision, reports the local newspaper ‘Nyasa Times’.
“To all of you who ask: ‘Why? Do not do it’. Here is my explanation. In my whole life I have worked very hard to ensure that I am self-sufficient and not dependent on others for anything, ”he explains in the note.
In addition, Parliament issued a statement indicating that the former Vice-President was linked to legal proceedings following a traffic accident.
Chiwaya had acquired a company car in a traffic accident at a time when fully comprehensive insurance had expired, one of the perks available to the country’s top politicians.
Faced with this situation, he contacted the office of the ombudsman, who ruled in his favor, but the Malawi Supreme Court eventually overturned the decision.
For these reasons, Chiwaya would have gone to parliament to talk about his advantages as a former member of the government. In addition, the president pointed out in the letter that it was “depressing” to “beg” people for something that belonged to him, reports the Malawi24 media.
In the suicide note, the former vice president also admitted lacking the energy to move forward, stating that he was depressed while denouncing the discriminatory treatment by the authorities for a disability. “I’ve reached the end of my tie. If I keep living I’ll hurt others and I don’t want that to happen,” he added.
Chiwaya has also shown her affection for her partner, whom she planned to marry at the end of the year, as well as her three children, to whom she apologized for the pain she knew would cause her suicide.