Malawians may not know why the name of the country’s then vice-president and presidential candidate Saulos Chilima was transferred from a centre he registered as the responsible Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officer has died.
Sailesi Kampango, who was at the centre of the transfer which Chilima discovered on polling day on May 21, died yesterday in a road accident in Dedza District after the vehicle he was travelling in hit a stationary truck.
Dedza Police Station assistant spokesperson Cassim Manda confirmed about the accident, saying the vehicle Kampango, 26, was travelling in from Lilongwe to Dedza hit a truck parked along the M1 at Linthipe 1.
He said two other passengers and the driver of the vehicle escaped with minor injuries.
Said Manda: “Mr Kalipo Mhango, born 15 September 1970, from Kanyuka Village, T/A Wasambo, Karonga was travelling from Lilongwe to Dedza in a saloon registration RU 6494. He hit the back of a stationary truck registration CK 4764/CK 3075, a Freightliner.
Following the impact, one male passenger, Sailes Kampango died. But the driver and other passengers sustained minor injuries.”
He said Kampango came from Kasinje Village, T/A Ganya in Ntcheu District.
Kampango was under criminal investigation for alleged tampering with the elections system and recently MEC chairperson Jane Ansah told Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) the electoral body was yet to get a report on police investigations on the controversy.
MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafuriwa yesterday said he was not aware of the death of Kampango, who at the time of the infamous act was a temporary data entry clerk.
Chilima was later allowed to vote at the centre he had registered in Lilongwe. He was transferred to Chizumulu Island.