Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others confirmed dead in plane crash
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Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima and nine others confirmed dead in plane crash

Recently, Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima was confirmed dead as the wreckage of a military plane carrying him and nine others was found with no survivors.

The plane disappeared from airport radars Monday morning while flying within the country. The plane encountered extreme weather conditions, which contributed to its disappearance. A diligent search operation was also carried out by soldiers in the Chikangawa forest, where the plane was eventually located.

In a somber press conference on Tuesday, President Chakwera shared the tragic news with the nation. “I am deeply saddened and sorry to inform Malawians of this terrible tragedy,” he said, revealing that the Commander of the Malawi Defense Force had informed him of the completion of the search operation and safety.

Vice President Chilima, 51, and President Chakwera belonged to different political parties but formed an alliance during the 2020 elections. Chilima had been vice president since 2014 and was known for his popularity, especially among young people , according to the AFP news agency.

Chilima was on her way to represent the government at the funeral of former government minister Ralph Kasambara, who died four days ago. Former First Lady Shanil Dzimbiri was also on board the ill-fated flight. The flight, which took off from the capital Lilongwe, was bound for Mzuzu in the north but was turned away due to poor visibility.

The nation mourns the loss of Vice President Chilima, who leaves behind a legacy of service and dedication to the people of Malawi.

Although he faced legal action in 2022, when he was arrested and accused of accepting money in exchange for being awarded government contracts, the charges against him were dropped that month last without explanation. Chilima is survived by his wife and two children.

Chioma Kalu

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