Ex-minister Kamanya commits suicide after losing in Malawi polls

Peoples Party (PP) National Executive Council member and former Local Government deputy minister Godfrey Kamanya has shot himself dead after failing to reclaim his Lilongwe Msozi North Parliamentary seat.

Kamanya fatally shot himself at around 3:30 Thursday morning at his Area 10 residence in Lilongwe.

In a suicide note he left behind, which is now with the police, Kamanya is said to have committed suicide due to some political misunderstandings.

Kamanya:  Shot himself

Kamanya: Shot himself

However, some reports suggest that Kamanya was living in fear following threats he was getting from unidentified people.

In the note suicide note, Kamanya outlined how his wealth would be distributed to beneficiaries.

He also asked President Joyce Banda to help pay school fees for his child.

Police are currently investigating the incident.

Kamanya had been MP for Lilongwe Msozi North constituency since he joined PP and unofficial results indicated that he was losing his seat.

By Wednesday morning, unofficial results from the Lilongwe rural tally centre indicated that Kamanya was coming fifth out of seven candidates with 1 738 votes against 4 625 for Malawi Congress Party candidate Highton Jiya and in some centres he had a as little votes as 35.

According to Kamanya’s friend and former Minister of Transport Ulemu Chilapondwa, his wife received a call from Kamanya’s wife that she heard a gunshot in a room which the former deputy minister had locked himself in.

When Chilapondwa arrived at Kamanya’s Area 10 home, he and two others managed to break down the door and found that his friend had died from a gunshot to his chest.

But Chilapondwa said he would leave the disclosure of the full contents of the suicide note to the Police who are currently carrying out investigations.

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