Clement Chiwaya, a high-ranking former Malawian MP, committed suicide in a parliament office.
Between 2014 to 2019, Mr Chiwaya, who was a wheelchair user after contracting polio at the age of two, served as deputy speaker.
He wrote about a dispute he had with legislative officials about the ownership of a specially equipped vehicle in a note he left just before the shooting.
Following his resignation as deputy speaker, he began the process of purchasing the car supplied by parliament, which allowed him to drive despite his impairment.
He paid for the car, but claimed that parliament failed to transfer possession. Parliament said the matter was still in court in a statement made following the ex-death. MP’s
According to local media, Mr Chiwaya entered the clerk of parliament’s office on Thursday and shot himself in the head while the clerk looked on.
In his note, he stated that he was tired of begging for what was rightfully his, and that he committed suicide to avoid “hurting others.”
Mr. Chiwaya, who was born in 1971, became a disability rights activist and campaigned for Parliament three times, winning each time.
Police are now looking into how he was able to enter parliament with a loaded weapon, which is usually heavily guarded. Security officers believed his wheelchair activated the metal detectors, according to parliament’s statement.