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Plane carrying Malawi Vice President Chilima goes missing

FILE - Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima, left, and his wife, Mary, disembark from a plane upon his return from South Korea in Lillongwe, June 9, 2024

FILE - Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima, left, and his wife, Mary, disembark from a plane upon his return from South Korea in Lillongwe, June 9, 2024

The military aircraft carrying Malawi Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima is missing after it did not make a landing Monday morning, according to a government statement.

The plane took off just after 9:17 local time. The craft was carrying the 51-year-old vice president, his wife and eight other individuals. It left the capital, Lilongwe, but failed to make its scheduled landing at Mzuzu International Airport about 370 kilometres (230 miles) to the north, 45 minutes later.

“All efforts by aviation authorities to make contact with the aircraft since it went off the radar have failed thus far,” said a government news release.

President Lazarus Chakwera has cancelled an upcoming trip to the Bahamas for a working visit. According to the released statement, he has called for an immediate search and rescue operation.

“The public will be updated of any developments on the situation as facts are established,” the statement concluded.

Chilima was stripped of his powers after being arrested and charged over a bribery scandal in 2022, but charges were later dropped by a Malawian court after he made several court appearances and the head prosecutor filed notice for the case to be discontinued.

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0 #1 kabayekka 2024-06-11 12:04
Well it is unfortunate indeed for such a likely loss of African lives.

But this should be a lesson to the elite Africans who continuously use tax payer's money on a grand scale to travel as expensive as can be.

The roads to the various African cities are very much available for safe travelling by the normal public. It is high time these leaders used these roads and made an effort to repair and maintain them also to an international standard of travelling!
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0 #2 kabayekka 2024-06-11 12:18
Now that such an air disaster has happened, how much money is going to be paid out by the tax payer in all this loss? Such accountability is not easily realized by African leaders.

No wonder many of them individually travel with a group of over 30 cars at one go on the poor roads of this African continent and insist that there is no money to fix these dilapidated countryside roadways!
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