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parliamentKaryn Maughan writes that the suicide of parliamentary official Lennox Garane and the investigation into what led to it has become a rallying point for civil society and former parliamentary staff, who believe it highlights how parliament’s administration remains almost entirely unaccountable for its conduct.  

In September 2018, Garane shot himself in his office in the parliamentary building.  In a note he wrote:  “This is a protest suicide.”  Garane detailed how he had sought the intervention of multiple managers, but they repeatedly failed, or refused, to resolve his increasingly desperate complaints against his new boss.  Now, months later, Garane’s suicide — and the investigation into what led to it — has become a rallying point for civil society and former parliamentary staff, who believe it highlights how parliament’s administration remains almost entirely unaccountable for its conduct.  Those accusations have been met with angry denials from parliamentary officials, who accuse the Forum for Accountability for the Parliament Administration (Fapa) of trying to “exploit the tragic situation for narrow personal ends”.  Garane’s suicide is the subject of a Public Service Commission (PSC) investigation, which is examining testimony from his family, current and former parliamentary staff, union members and others.  It is focused on determining whether parliament stuck to the law in the way it managed Garane as an employee.  His family, however, say this approach is too narrow and does not address the fact that Garane himself chose to define his death as a protest suicide.  The PSC inquiry is not open to the public or the media.  It is also unclear whether the report will be released to the public.  What is apparent, however, is that Garane chose to end his life in an extremely public way, one that he knew would shine an unflattering, bright light on parliament.

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