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The Vice President of Malawi died in an aircraft accident.

According to President Lazarus Chakwera, there are no survivors from the wreckage of the jet that carried Malawi’s vice president.

Monday morning, when their plane vanished from airport radars, Saulos Chilima and nine other people were flying domestically.

Inclement weather was causing the military plane to fly low.

In an attempt to locate the aircraft, soldiers combed through Chikangawa Forest.

President Chakwera said the commander of the Malawi Defence Force told him during a press conference on Tuesday that the search and rescue mission had been successful and the jet had been located.

Mr. Chakwera expressed his “deep sadness and regret” to Malawians over the unfortunate event.

He said the airplane was found wrecked by the rescue crew.

Despite being from opposite political parties, the president and vice president joined forces to support one another in the 2020 elections.

Dr. Chilima, fifty-one, was on his route to attend the funeral of Ralph Kasambara, the late government minister, who passed away four days prior, on behalf of the government.

The flight left from Lilongwe, the capital, on Monday morning, and included former first lady Shanil Dzimbiri as well.

Due to low visibility, it was forced to return from its intended landing location at the airfield in the northern city of Mzuzu.

Malawi’s vice president since 2014 has been Dr. Chilima.

According to the AFP news agency, he was adored in Malawi, especially among the younger generation.

On the other hand, Dr. Chilima was detained and accused in 2022 due to claims that he took payment in exchange for government contract awards.

The court dismissed the accusations last month without explaining.

Dr. Chilima is married and has two kids.

Story by Ernestina Dadzie

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