A 32-year-old police officer in central region border district of Mchinji on Thursday committed suicide while on duty as he shot himself dead leaving a suicide note.
Confirming the development, Mchinji police public relations officer Sub- Inspector Moses Kajawa Nyirenda, identified the deceased as Constable Allan Chione, who was on duty on that particular day but he left his friend where he committed suicide within Mchinji police station premises around 6pm.
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm a self-inflicted gunshot by Chione ended his life,” said Nyirenda.
“Chioni was on duty from 7am to 4pm on Thursday but he didn’t knock off, he stayed at the Police station up to 6pm when he shot himself in the head and died on spot,” said Nyirenda.
Police spokesperson further said Chione left a suicide note which he said they will hand over to the parents of the deceased.
Sub- Inspector Nyirenda however could not divulge the contents of the suicide note but sources say Chioni had family problems.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this very difficult time,” said Nyirenda.
The body of late Constable Allan Chione is kept at Mchinji District Hospital.
Late Constable Chione hailed from Mphelele village in the area of traditional authority Nthalire in Chitipa district and was born on 20th January 1983.
Chione joined Malawi police service 7 years ago, he left a wife and two children.
Police are calling on anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal to seek help for counselling.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :