Aircraft Carrying Malawian Vice President, Nine Others Goes Missing

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

A plane carrying Malawi’s Vice President, Saulos Chilima and nine other people has gone missing after it failed to make a scheduled landing on Monday.

The government in a statement on Monday, said “all efforts by aviation authorities to make contact with the aircraft since it went off the radar have failed thus far.”

TheFact Daily learns that the plane, which took off just after 9am local time (0700 GMT), was carrying 51-year-old Chilima and nine others.

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President Lazarus Chakwera has ordered regional and national forces to conduct an “immediate search and rescue operation to locate the whereabouts of the aircraft”, the statement said.

Mr Chakwera, who was due to travel to the Bahamas for a working visit, has since cancelled his trip.

In 2022, Saulos Chilima was stripped of his powers when he was arrested and charged with graft over a bribery scandal involving a British-Malawian businessman.

Last month, a Malawian court dropped the charges after Mr Chilima attended several court appearances.

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