MP Thundu says Likoma people ‘grateful’ to Pres. Joyce Banda: Illala back on Lake Malawi

Member of Parliament for Likoma Island Olivia Thundu says people of Likoma Island, an exclave of Malawi are grateful to President Joyce Banda as the MV Ilala ship is back on the Lake Malawi waters

Thundu told parliament that people of Likoma Island were facing transport problems due to the absence of the ship because they mostly depend on water transport.

Likoma Island is the larger of two inhabited islands in Lake Malawi, the smaller being the nearby Chizumulu. Likoma and Chizumulu both belong to Malawi, and together they make up the Likoma District.

Thundu told Parliament that “the suffering” of the people of Likoma and Chizumulu Islands has ended.

Illala on Lake Malaw

Illala on Lake Malaw

“The Ilala landed on Likoma and you can imagine, it was like something that had come from Mars,” the MP said.

“People are very happy and they are grateful to our President Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda and her capable government,” the lawmaker added.

“Now, when the Ilala failed some three weeks ago in Chipoka the hopes of people were dashed but not the hopes of Her Excellency and not the hopes of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works.  They went on and the Ilala now has a new head, brain and body.  Thank you very much, Your Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda and your government for the wonderful job on our islands.  Thank you my friends for supporting me throughout.   Thank you, Mr. Speaker, Sir.”

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