Malawi Detains Opposition Leader’s Chartered Plane Ahead of Polls

Chilima boards a chartered plane.

Authorities in Malawi have detained carrying Presidential hopeful , Saulos Chilima, with the police citing “suspicious activities” of its crew members and passengers.

The plane reportedly used a false application to enter Malawi.

A Nyasa Times report claims that Chilima had a secret meeting with the crew who are known to have a military background.

“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 part of the statement.

Two pilots have been booked 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.”