Chilima chartered plane remains detained at KIA due to ‘suspicious activities’ of crew – Police

An 8-seater plane that state vice president and UTM party presidential hopeful in Tuesday’s tripartite elections, Saulos Chilima, used to fly to the island district of Likoma on Friday remains detained at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) with authorities citing “suspicious activities” of its crew members and passengers.

Malawi police detain ‘suspicious’ jet

Malawi Police Service (MPS) spokesperson James Kadadzera suggested the detention was in the interest of national good.

“The plane  number  ZS-SDS  owned  by  Fair Aviation has been detained  due  to  suspicious  activities   of  its crew members  and passengers which the  Malawi  Police  Service  and  other   security  arms  are  currently  investigating in the interest of  national security,” reads the statement in part.

The plane, according to police , landed at KIA on 17 May, 2019 and flew to Mzuzu and then Likoma Island. The plane flew back from Likoma to Mzuzu on the same day and proceeded to Lilongwe.

The statement adds that “government has booked two pilots of the ‘suspicious’ plane at a local hotel  as they wait for the Malawi Police Service and Civil aviation  authorities to complete investigations.”

President Peter Mutharika, during his last political rally at Njamba Park in Blantyre, said he “knew everything about the plane, who was in the plane and what the plane was doing in the country.” 

Nyasa Times’ sources say, among other, chartered plane’s crew used a false application to enter Malawi.

Pictures of the aircraft have been circulating on social media showing members of Saulos Chilima’s UTM party hanging by.

“Contrary to their application, the crew flew the plane to Mzuzu where they carried Saulos Chilima to Likoma and back to Mzuzu. The plane later flew back to Lilongwe where authorities grounded it.

“Airport security sources at Likoma International Airport have disclosed that Chilima had a secret meeting with the crew who are known to have a military background,” a source said.

On Saturday afternoon, Malawi Defence Force (MDF) and the police searched the plane in the company of the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and lawyer Chikosa Silungwe.

“Some security officers who went on the search have leaked information that the search found a very suspicious communication machine which is still being kept as a state secret.

“MDF and Police are said to have called in Chinese experts to assist with a forensic analysis of the suspicious device,” said the source.

Nyasa Times has learnt that police is also investigating the South African crew that was on board.

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Mutokototoko
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Mutokototoko

A Saulosi kuyesesa kupeza shortcut to plot 1. Koma upresident wakhweka . Ndi ma drug dealers omwe pa upresident???

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

I hope the police are not going to plant some thing on the plane and say it is a UTM rigging machine. Kufuna kupezelana zifukwa by the DPP.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

A police kuzolowera kudya ma plain ndiye ati agwire plane. Ma allowance a MEC ma PLAIN avuta khoba, kkkk

shaibu
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shaibu

axse kulawilila ndi kulawilila mawa mamawa kuti ndikavotele dpp ndi adad kuti abwelele mboma ndapenga

Amos
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Chonde, don’t allow the plane to go, mudikire kaye, after elections inyamule maliseche kkkkkkkkkkk, izikamwa coffee ku US, paja nkhalamba kukonda coffee.

Peace
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Peace

Chilima was too confident, screen the plane issue thoroughly! We can’t have a stolen vote to usher a drug addict into State House, Lord forbid!

GDS
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GDS

Brutality at it’s best. The plane was cleared by ADL to land at KIA; cleared again to depart for Mzuzu; Cleared by the same ADL to land at mzuzu airport; the same ADL processed papers for it to depart and thoroughly cleared for its landing on the Island. The same happened at all the airports till it landed back at KIA. Are we serious as a country? Where were the security agencies? Seems we are a sick nation, ndithu!

Wa Pakasungu.
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Wa Pakasungu.

Now we have to strongly believe that DPP has been rigging general elections all through. MCP was right to complain that elections have never been fair in Malawi. We need more clarification.

Roll Out ATI Now
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Roll Out ATI Now

MDF, chonde mukhale mmene munalili, musawalole andale kukugwiritsani ntchito. A Polisi timadziwa kale kuti amadya ndi andale, but you MDF please remain apolitical

Geoffrey
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Please. Arrest those four guys pushing the plane. Maybe they are trying to hide evidence. Arrest them please.

GDS
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GDS

What evidence?

Kapado Chimuthawirenji
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On instruction from above.