Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima Dies
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Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima Dies

Malawi Vice President Chilima (left) and his wife Mary get off a plane in Lilongwe, Malawi, after returning from South Korea, June 9, 2024. /CFP

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Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima died in a plane crash on Monday.

President Lazarus Chakwera confirmed the news of Chilima’s death in a presidential address on Tuesday, hours after amateur photos of the accident began circulating on social media.

“I can only imagine how much pain and anguish you all must be feeling right now,” the president said in his speech.

Chakwera described Chilima as a distinctive man of honor, a great father and husband, as well as a great patriot who selflessly served the nation.

“I consider it one of my greatest honors to be deputized by him for the last four years,” he added.

Nine other people on the plane with Chilima also died.

He was on his way to Mzuzu to attend the burial of former Attorney General Ralph Kasambara at Nkhata Bay. His plane took off from Lilongwe, the capital, on Monday at 9:17 a.m. local time and was scheduled to land at Mzuzu Airport at 10:02 a.m. Authorities say the plane was unable to land due to poor visibility.

Around 10:50 a.m., ground control contacted the aircraft, advising the crew to return to base. This was the last communication received from the plane

Chilima was born on February 12, 1973. He is survived by his wife, Mary, and their two children.

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