Gabriel Palumbo, an opposition MP from Malawi’s third largest party, the Malawi Congress Party, shot himself to death in the parliament building in Lilongwe on Tuesday. The BBC reports that Malawi’s ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party, is blaming the opposition for Palumbo’s suicide.
Reacting to the murder-suicide, Malawi’s president, Peter Mutharika, praised the country’s security services for investigating the case and said he did not have enough details to comment on the likely motivation behind the killing. But he did say that the government would be investigating Palumbo’s job performance. “There are no words to describe such a terrible and sad incident,” said the president.
Authorities also suspect that the MP was acting alone, as he was discovered lying in a pool of blood on the ground floor of the parliament building.
Palumbo’s death marks the first murder in the parliament building, which was renovated in 2008.
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