President Chakwera seeks international support in plane crash investigation

By Chisomo Phiri

President Dr.Lazarus Chakwera has appealed to foreign governments and international agencies for support in the investigation of the military plane crash that killed Vice-President Saulos Chilima and eight others near Chikangawa Forest in Mzimba on Monday June 10, 2024.

Chakwera made the appeal on Wednesday June 12,2024 when over 20 Heads of Missions and international agencies visited him at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe.

Chakwera arriving at Shanil Muluzi Dzimbiri funeral

“As the Malawi Defence Force begins its investigation into the cause of the crash today, I am aware that some of your governments have expertise in this area, and so I ask you to render your support,” he said.

Chakwera also expressed gratitude to foreign governments that quickly supported the search and rescue operations immediately after it was reported that the aircraft carrying the Vice-President and eight other passengers was missing.

He said Chilima has left an indelible legacy of energetic and active patriotism and dedication to public service and to Malawi’s welfare.

On her part, Nancy Saungwema, Dean of the Diplomats and Ambassador of Zimbabwe said most countries are willing to assist with the inquest.

The late Chilima will be laid to rest on Monday next week at his home village in Ntcheu.