Malawi Mourns: Vice President Chilima Dies in Tragic Air Crash

Malawi is in mourning following the devastating news that Vice President Saulos Chilima, along with nine others, has died in a tragic plane crash. The Vice President was traveling to attend the burial of the late former minister Ralph Kasambara, who passed away on June 7, 2024.

The ill-fated flight, carrying the Vice President and his delegation, met its tragic end when the military aircraft crashed into the rugged terrain of the Chikangawa mountain range. The Dornier 228-202K, identifiable by its tail number MAF T03, was shattered, leaving no survivors.

President Lazarus Chakwera, in a national broadcast, confirmed the tragedy and expressed the nation’s collective grief. “We are united in sorrow at this dark hour,” he stated, assuring that the search efforts persisted until the aircraft was located.

Vice President Chilima, 51, was a prominent figure in Malawian politics and was considered a strong candidate for the next presidential elections. His sudden loss, along with his wife and other esteemed passengers, has plunged the country into a state of shock.

The international community has rallied around Malawi during this difficult time, offering condolences and support. The United States, among other nations, has provided technological aid to assist in the aftermath of the crash.

As the nation grapples with this calamity, it honors the memory of those who perished and contemplates the profound impact of their absence on Malawi’s political future.

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