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Malawi President cancels Bahamas trip After VP’s plane crash | Loop Caribbean News

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Malawi President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera has cancelled a visit to the Bahamas after a plane carrying the Vice President Dr Saulos Klaus Chilma and nine other people crash landed in the Chikangawa forest on Monday.

Chakwera was due in the Bahamas to participate in the 31 African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) annual meeting and Afri-Caribbean Trade and Investment Forum that will be held in Nassau from June 12-14.

The bank said that the meeting will be attended by more than one thousand delegates including African, Caribbean leaders and senior government officials, African and non-African policymakers, corporate and business leaders, bankers, entrepreneurs, academics and other thought leaders.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that his participation comes at the invitation and sponsorship of the Afreximbank and would have been the bank’s first ever annual meeting to be held in the Caribbean.

“Malawi is poised to benefit immensely from its participation at the meetings as it will garner more support and forge more partnerships in line with the Agriculture, Tourism, and Mining (ATM) Strategy and the special economic zones and industrial parks initiative that President Chakwera launched recently,” the Ministry had indicated.

Chakwera was also due to travel to Bürgenstock in Switzerland to attend the Global Peace Summit on the  June 15-16.

A statement issued by the Malawi government said that the Vice President and others were on a Malawi Defence Force aircraft and was scheduled to land at the Mzuzu International Airport.

“All efforts by aviation authorities to make contact with the aircraft since it went off the radar have failed thus far,” the statement said, adding that the “President has since cancelled his scheduled departure for the Bahamas”.

He said ordered all national and regional agencies to conduct an immediate search and rescue operation to locate the aircraft, the statement said.

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