50 CCAP members feared dead on Lake Malawi

About five members of CCAP Church from Tchalo in Rumphi District  are confirmed dead but the figure could rise up to 50 after a boat  they were travelling in   capsized  on Lake Malawi Sunday evening  following heavy winds on the lake.

Drowning

The people attended Easter prayers at Mlowe in the same district and were sailing in Kayokha Boat.

Rumphi Police Station Officer James Mpezeni said: “We don’t have the actual figure of the dead, but all we can confirm is that more than 50 people are feared dead on Lake Malawi.”

He added: “ As of now, five people have died while eight are receiving treatment at Mlowe Health Centre. Searching still on to rescue the remaining ones,” said Mpezeni.

Said Mpezeni: “Updates are still coming in. Our officers are on the ground coordinating the rescue operatiob so that ore lives ca be saved.”

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43 thoughts on “50 CCAP members feared dead on Lake Malawi”

  1. Ntchona says:

    We don’t even have a responsive emergency services so when trouble is on the door you should know for sure you are alone. Sadly that is the state of this nation and those who rule us have lived in first world countries and in those countries patrol guards would have been asked one or two questions and unfortunately in this country it is business as usual. What are our water transport regulations and who enforces them. We are a bunch of Palookas

  2. bruce says:

    Isa 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
    Isa 45:10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
    Isa 45:11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
    Isa 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

    What determines God’s goodness is not only what He does to us or what He has not done to us but Who He is. One thing is certain, that God’s ways are TOO far to man’s. HE STILL CONTROL EVENTS!

    the end i near and this MUST ring a bell in every bodies ear.

  3. Thoko Tchaiso says:

    very sad

  4. patrick Chinseu says:

    eshiii my county Malawi RIP

  5. winston msowoya says:

    We Malawians in diaspora are totally shocked with the lake tragedy that has taken innocent lives of our brothers and sisters and may God the Almighty keep their souls in eternal life,AMEN!!!!!!

  6. Mveruwa says:

    APM ukumva kulira kwa anthuwa? Uli phwiii wosagundirako mtima and no action. Does Malawi really have a caring president? Last week it was a washed away bridge, and today this. Had it been at Mkwakwazi or Luchenza, you could have rushed. Money is wasted on useless things like mulhakhos and memorials of thieves while people are suffering and perishing. Tangotengani zomwe munasungitsa Chapondazo zigwire ntchito. Upresident umangoufuna not knowing what goes with it? When people complain that you are tribalistic and doing nothing the stupid Dausi rushes in to defend you as he is safeguarding his position. A typiical ass licker. We want action now not lip service!

  7. fkr says:

    Would this be considered an act of GOD?

  8. Kent Y.G. Mphepo says:

    Countrymen,

    I of one am not surprised with this tragedy. It was just a matter of time. This country has not taken water transport seriously in recent years. Those of us who are older remember how Lake Malawi was teaming with passenger vessels. But alas! They are all gone leaving our brothers and sisters along the lake very vulnerable to tragedies like this one. A similar tragedy happened last year when 12 people, mostly Tanzanians, perished. Our inaction following that tragedy has resulted in the death of 50 of our own children, brother, sisters, cousins, aunties, uncles, etc! It appears that our situation is becoming hopeless by the day and I have no apologies to make to anyone.

    What surprises me most is that although the country has lost 53 souls in these two day (adding the three who were found beheaded in Bunda Forest yesterday!) nothing is happening – showing that the country is has been befallen with such a huge tragedy. Life is normal and nobody is concerned. Is it because the people who have died are poor farmers or fishermen from Mlowe? Suppose it was plane that crashed killing 10 people en-route to Jo-burg, would the government have reacted like it has done. Supposed 50 people (hikers) had died on Mulanje Mountain, would government have taken a lukewarm stand like it has on this matter? Suppose this tragedy took place in America, wouldn’t we have been sending condolence messages to the American government.

    I have been listening to MBC the best part of this day, I am baffled at the lukewarmness on the national broadcaster which is funded by our taxes. Usual dance music, usual laughter, usual jokes, usual news bulletin, usual adverts, usual political campaigns, usual etc. It appears that MBC has not learnt from CNN or BBC which switch off everything to focus on the event that has killed 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 people on the streets of London or New York!

    This also reminds me of the casual attitude we attach to 3rd March (martyrs day) these days. In my view, Malawi is going the wrong direction. We have lost a sense of history and a sense of human dignity. We have lost a sense of nationhood. The death of a person no longer has meaning in this country as long as me and my family are ok in our house. Are we surprised then at the level of stealing, raping, defiling and killing taking place in this country? Is this not a sign enough that we have lost our moral capital? Is anybody concerned about this? For how long shall we continue to behave like this? China n’china aMalawi tikuonjeza. Is this the kind of freedom that our forefather had fought for? Is this the kind of country we want to leave for our children? Really? No responsibility – nothing!

    Anthu 53 kufa in one day and no public statement from the Inspector General of Police? Minister of Transport? Minister of Information? Minister of Home Affairs? Vice President? State President???? Kodi dziko lino ndi lamasiye?? Do we have leaders in this country? A government?

    No mourning? MBC still playing kwasakwasa while over 53 families are crying in a small country like ours?

    Iyayi, aMalawi taonjeza. We have lost a sense of human dignity and we should forget about development. You see, it is people who are concerned about the plight of others who can meaningfully develop their community or country. How shall we call poverty a tragedy while the death of 53 people in one does not look like a tragedy in our eyes??

    My the Good Lord strengthen the bereaved families. But, as a nation, we need to wake up!

    I rest my case.

    Kent Y.G. Mphepo – Blantyre (0888435629)

  9. Mveruwa says:

    Ukumva kulira kwa anthuwa Peter Mutharika? Wangokhala phwii! Last week it was a washed away bridge & today this! Does Malawi really have a caring president? Money is wasted on useless things like the Mulhakhos & memorials while people are suffering. What a shame! Tatengani zomwe munasungitsa Chapondazo zigwire ntchito.

  10. James Mhango says:

    Its unfortunate that people went to worship god who doesn exist. These Easter holidays should be occasions to stay at home and burn these bibles. How long can people give wasting time on this idea about god.

    1. Caroline says:

      James Mhango, these people went to worship God who was there yesterday, is there today, will be there tomorrow and forever. It is only your god who is not there!

  11. Azania says:

    @APM. Don’t expect everything to be done by the investors. We are led by foolish and senseless leaders who don’t know how to run govt. They have neglected water transport for too long kuba bus. Govt should have asked countries like China, Norway etc to build ships. I am not sure whether the Malawi Army is patrolling the lake claimed by Tanzania. Can govt wake up. Mutharika shud wake up.

  12. Mkango Manthakanjenjemereza says:

    Anthu enanu mapwala anu. How can you comment about Tanzania on this issue. Mbuzi.

  13. symon says:

    May their Souls rest in peace, and rise together with Christ the Redeemer.

  14. Corcerns says:

    Rest in peace

  15. Che nsomba says:

    We are people of one God, one continent, one world and we are relations. This is signified by the numerous Malawians who have lived and continue to live peacefully in Tanzania and many Tanzanians who also do the same in Malawi. People like you cherish nothing but problems and war between nations and people. You need prayers.

  16. Che nsomba says:

    Phwado please know that freedom of worship is allowed in the constitution of Malawi. If you believe in God which God is yours and where does he come from.? You are so callous and heartless. Death can come in anyway whether.

    Kambewe Chisale cursing the Government and its leadership does not solve the problem here. Death can come even with the best modes of transport. I am not a supporter of DPP but the government belongs to all Malawians and the quicker we can embrace democracy and the constitution the better for all of us.

    Death can come to everyone, every tribe, every race, every country in the world. Remember “We plan but God decides”. To you who think are too clever you are not at all. Respect God, respect humans and be remorseful. Everyone will depart one way or another.

    There will be no war between Taifas and Nyasas. We are people of one God, one continue and are relations. May God protect us all and may the department RIP. Amen

  17. simwinga says:

    Heaven is our home whether you go now or later what matters is the Grace to live after. .l pray for their families that God will see you through .

  18. Travelling on Lake Malawi is another death trap. Petala Mtchona has never visited Likoma island. Petala Mtchona you must visit the island using boat or ILLALA.

  19. Peter wa Mathanyula says:

    Which synod is this? Tngayambe kupepesamu chichewa a Livingstonia amakana

  20. ILLALA STEAMER IS OVER FIFTY YEARS OLD AND ONE DAY IT WILL KILL MALAWIANS. SOME STUPID PEOPLE WILL START TO BLEM GOD INSTEAD OF THE DPP GOVERNMENT. A MALAWI CHENJELANI NDI MTCHONA UYU.
    DZUKA

  21. Please don’t put blem on God. When you use a car with worn out tyres and the tyre burst when you are driving. That boat was overlooded with people and goods. According to other resources the blem should be driver as he started the trip when the weather was already showing that it would rough. That boat was also very old and had not been serviced for some time. So stop bleming God when you allowed Peter to Rule you and steel our Tax money.

  22. Douglas Ndindi says:

    Very sad. When something like this happens, many people find a lot of things to say, mostly negative, discouraging and painful to the bereaved families. Many of the comments here are irrelevant, made by people who don’t know how the water transport system works and who God is. As for me, I would urge people in leadership positions to advise their people to use the MV Ilala for trips like these. I am saying this bearing in mind that the MV Ilala was sailing in the same direction on the same night. And some have found an opportunity to attack God and religion in general and Christianity in particular. May God (whom you think does not exist or care) forgive you. May the souls of the departed rest in peace while God gives the bereaved families, the Church and the nation the strength to stand faithful at a time like this.

  23. Phebbie says:

    Pepani kwambiri tingopempha mulungu kuti awatonthoze anafedwa. r.i.p.

  24. Jesham says:

    May their soul rest in peace.
    The nation, church and families its been a great loss because they were the contributors of something spercial in our life. But as malawians lets be proud of our country. If there is something moving underground dont reveal it in a sombre situation. Lets keep our humbleness rising. Sory! Sory! Sory…

  25. Mastano chomo says:

    rest in peace

  26. Mastano chomo says:

    their souls rest in peace!!!!!!

  27. munthu moneke says:

    Pepani pepani nonse anamfedwa.
    AMBUYE walola ngoziyi ichitike for a good purpose.
    May their souls rest in peace. (R.I.P.)

  28. Hastings says:

    Very sad my country RIP

  29. Jonh hiiii says:

    May their souls rest in peace, AMEN.

  30. This shit government does not have care of the people along the Lake and Likoma island. There is no reliable transport on the lake. The old I’LL ALA STEAMER. is another death trap. Please if nothing is done soon it will kill Hundreds but unfortunately it will be the Malawians who depend and live along the lake shore including Likoma island. The Lomwes of Thyolo and Mulanje will not be there.
    It also unfortunate that even our Police and MDF have very few old boats. They
    don’t have proper ships or Steamer on the lake. Ndiye you want to start drilling programme on Lake Malawi when you cannot fight Mataifa Tanzania as they will invade the country using the Lake Malawi.
    Another food for thought. I was travelling from Blantyre to Karonga as my wife is from there. In chiweta we were stranded for ten hours because a Truck for Tanzania had a breakdown and the rood was blocked. Nthawi ya nkhodo Ndiye zavuta as no reinforcement will be able to go to the border.
    Petala Mtchona a choke he is an American citizen. Zikazavuta azathawa.

  31. Phwado says:

    That is the problem of worshiping foreign gods.king of Judah ,god of Isreal.Are those drowned Jews?After all whatever they were worshiping for never existed.Africans have all along bee brain washed by the missionaries by bringing in foreign religions worshiping personified non exisisting messiahs.Where was he to protect these innocent souls who went to pray for him?Cant ask themselves why all these religions?sorry for the innocent souls brainwashed by parentns who inherited stupid ideas from the missionaries just to cover their evil did of human slavery.R.I.P.To you who are stil following these so called religions it is time to stop

    1. James says:

      God does not exist , i dont know when people will realise.

    2. Tayendanitu pa nyanjapo says:

      MAWU MAWU MAWU!!!

  32. nyamwera says:

    may their souls rest in peace. its tragedy to the country as well as their family. these were fathers, mothers, uncles, sisters who were bread winners in their family. May god who care take comfort to the families

  33. A MPINGO says:

    CARELESSNESS ON THE PART OF A DRIVER

    CARELESSNESS ON THE PART OF THE CABIN CREW
    CARELESSNESS ON THE PART OF THE PASSENGERS

    AS FAR AS I KNOW THE SIZE OF A BOAT SAILING ON LAKE MALAWI HOW DID SQUEEZE THEMSELVES IN SUCH A SMALL VESSEL ON A HARSH WEATHER LIKE THAT ONE ???

    I BELIEVE 50 WAS A MUMBER OF ADULTS EXCLUDING CHILDREN AND BABIES

    OOOOOOOH MY GOD
    SUCH A SAD SAD NEWS !!

    ANYWAY GOD IS THE GIVER AND TAKER OF LIFE !!!

    PEPANI !! PEPANI !!
    NONSE .

  34. APM says:

    Why cant investors invest in this business… anthu akungogula ma bus ndi ndalama zakuba!.. cant they also consider small ships?

  35. APM says:

    Why does God allow those things? Especially considering that they were coming from worshiping His name/ Does God exist? If he does, is He a good ?

    1. Tayendanitu pa nyanjapo says:

      Za god god izi ndi ma fantasies chabe. Just take precautions. Don’t play with fire thinking kuti wina wake who allegedly lived 2000 years ago azakuthandizani. Muzaona nazo malodza.

  36. Napwito says:

    When will government improve the transport system on the Lake? This tragedy could have easily been resolved with good and safe transport. Malawi! Malawi! Malawi! Cry my beloved country!

  37. Trendex says:

    THIS IS A BIG LOSS TO THE CHURCH, SOCIETY AND THE NATION. MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN PEACE.

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