2 May 2014

Malawi: JB Reads Kamanya's Suicide Letter

Lilongwe — President Dr. Joyce Banda on Thursday read out the suicide letter former Deputy Local Government Minister, Godfrey Kamanya, left behind saying he committed suicide due to threats he was allegedly getting from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) senior officials.

Dr. Banda said she was reading the letter out to the journalists to clear the speculations that he had shot himself because of losing elections.

In his letter, Kamanya claimed he had thought of dying in that way because he had been threatened by two DPP individuals whom he named and that he could not afford to die at their hands.

The President disclosed that Kamanya outlined all his debts, how his wealth should be handled and distributed; that his wife and children should go to Matapira in Lilongwe where Kamanya hailed from and that his close friend, Ulemu Chilapondwa, should see through the funeral ceremony. "He also advised that his body should be buried at Area 18 Cemetery and that '... tell JB to make sure that my daughter, Thoko, goes to school until she finishes,'" read Dr. Banda.

She described Kamanya's death as saddening considering that just on Wednesday late afternoon he was meeting the President at the State House.

Kamanya contested for a parliamentary seat in Lilongwe Msozi North where unofficial results indicated he had lost.

He shot himself at around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to police and his body is currently kept at Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe awaiting burial at Area 18 Cemetery as per the advice in his suicide note.

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