Malawi Post Corporation to introduce city busliners

As part of turning Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) from loss to profit making business-oriented parastatal in line with the reforms it has developed, MPC plans to invest into luxurious passenger bus services to commute in the country’s cities.

Meke, flanked by Kachale and acting Director of Postal Services Shadreck Vokhiwa
Elsen Luciano receives hers from acting Director of Buses & Courier Thom Kachale
Meke hands over the reward to Elizabeth Nkhoma
Other prizes lucky passengers received in weekly draws
Malawi Postal Corporation (MPC) buses t

This was disclosed by acting Postmaster General, Zachaeus George Meke when the company presented monetary awards to three passengers through the coach ticket raffle draw the Post Bus Service introduced some two months ago.

Meke said the raffle draw was introduced as a token of appreciation to reward the passengers for their faith and confidence in their coach service and to build good rapport with the customers going forward.

From the grand draw, third-year Education in Humanities student at University of Livingstonia Laws Campus, Elizabeth Nkhoma went home with K300,000; Elsen Luciano won K150,000 while Gilsida Sandilamu received K50,000 — all based in Blantyre.

In other weekly draws before the grand draw, other passengers won branded coffee mugs; golf & T/shirts; caps; umbrellas and Meke said this was all to encourage their customers to continue patronising their services.

“We have gone through a lot of challenges since we started our operations which impacted us negatively but passengers chose to keep their faith in us because we offer the best services,” he said.

“We received a lot of negativity when we were launching our coach service, with some saying we don’t have the expertise in this industry as this was not our line of business.

“But we knew we can operate a bus service to complement our inter city courier service deliveries we already were in business and was thriving.

“People start any business from a position of no experience which they gain over time and like any other business, teething problems are experienced but we learnt from them, picked ourselves up and transited to another level.”

Meke added that their trudging on was energized through the confident patronage they received from passengers, whose numbers increased despite all the challenges they experienced as since 2019 they have serviced close to half a million commuters.

“Malawians have embraced our coach service. Over the Easter Holidays, we received overwhelming patronage that encouraged us to provide two coaches on any of our routes.

“Going forward, we intend to increase the fleet for intercity coach services as well as introduced city busliners which will be very luxurious.

“We had city busliners in the past and now it’s time Malawians enjoyed such services just like in other African countries, which operate luxurious city bus services,” Meke said.

Nkhoma, the ticket grand draw winner, said she is based in Blantyre and every time she travels to and back the University of Livingstonia Laws Campus through Postal Bus.

“These coaches are very luxurious, offer best transit services and are always on schedule — making us believe in them,” she said.

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TEMWEKA
1 month ago

if the company isnt making profits then close down, moreover there are so many business sectors post service can invest into eg banking, gov social grant paypoints,commercial property etc


Scuba
Scuba
1 month ago

City liners are a welcome move, tatopa ndi umve mma minbus kupumilana, disregard of commuters and many more negatives.

Bring it on it’s been long overdue we reverted to City liners like the days of Kamuzu, it was the best.

M'memo wagulu la Tonse alliance wina wadzadza tsab
M'memo wagulu la Tonse alliance wina wadzadza tsab
1 month ago
Reply to  Scuba

City liner izalimba against tizinthu todzadza mwachangu komanso tofulumira monga timabajaj, timasienta, hijet, njinga zamoto, etc? Mwinatu mabwana akuyambitsa izi ayiwala kuti maminibasi anagonjetsa city line yakale ija mwanjira zomwezi. Mwina ndafulumira kuda nkhawa ndidikire kaye kuzawona kuti malingaliro awo ndiotani eti?

Last edited 1 month ago by M'memo wagulu la Tonse alliance wina wadzadza tsab
Nzerunchuma
Nzerunchuma
1 month ago

Bwana Meke,very good thoughts but pse research first on city buses b4 implementation. For City commuting to be successful there is need to have: speed (introduce fast lanes for buses), comfortable but low cost buses) not luxurious as pipo just want to get from point A to point B in no time,innovation in ticketing (no cash, electronic cards which can be loaded with credit at kiosks/online/mobile money,time keeping,traffic control system to keep time). Nde bwana, do ur research as Tanzania did.Here r examples of bus systems in Africa: Mycitibus in CapeTown; Bus Rapid Transit system in Naija;Bus rapid.Transit in Maputo… Read more »

Mzalimbi
Mzalimbi
1 month ago
Reply to  Nzerunchuma

Inalipo city line. Do trials and keep time. Have in consideration neglected routes like areas where the stereotype that everybody living there has personal transport. Places like area 10, area 43. Identify ring roads in these areas. Please try and collaborate with the Mayor on this.

M'memo wagulu la Tonse alliance wina wadzadza tsab
M'memo wagulu la Tonse alliance wina wadzadza tsab
1 month ago
Reply to  Mzalimbi

Collaborating with mayor wa Lilongwe is waste of time, akukanika kupanga manage basic things such as hygiene, tawoni paliponse anthu akumatha kuyala tomato, timarestaurant ndi mashabini a uve angotsekulidwa mwawamba. Ma mayors onse a Lilongwe kugona pantchito too much. Olo mtaya waku 24 uja kufika ponunkha ngati kanyimbi. Significantly different with BT, achina Noel Chalamanda greatly improved city hygiene and landscape, plus introduction of ring one way in the Bt Metropolitan greatly relieved traffic flow stress, koma sikuLilongwe koti kuchoka pa mosque yamtawun kufika pa bridge ya Lilongwe river you spend 1 hour on the queue, or 1.5 hrs, distance… Read more »

ankhwinda
1 month ago

We wanted city busliners yesterday kumeneko ndiye kuganiza bwino MPC

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago
Reply to  ankhwinda

miseu kae bwa. . nanga thakadzo ya moseu ili pa malawi panoi bwa ? a kabhazaminibus ma tricycle ma bus mu single lane nzothandiza??? pitala ekha njemwe amadutsa within 5 mins osapatutsana ndi traffic ndipo mma 5pm tikamaweluka kumaoffice kucita kutha 3 hrs from Limbe to Makata. . now look today eg ku LL . from the shoprite pls uve umenewu ndi msei wa mu city umeneu? pa old city hall ka roundabout kacitsamunda no mseu olongosoka . Sad ma contract opanda engineer amapatsana aokhaokha.
WAKE UP MALAWI MY BELOVED COINTRY.

Igbudu
1 month ago

After all the bus accidents experienced have you come up with FMEA to bring up this idea?

Joe Guta
Joe Guta
1 month ago

Let’s give MPC a chance to try their luck. If things favour their luck and ideologies, why not go ahead. With this technology nowadays, who can prefer posting letters except parcels. So MPC go ahead and bring more comfortable and luxurious coaches for Malawians.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

Investing wrongly…this is not your sector MPC …you will not survive the competition… this is a loss ..

Mbuya
Mbuya
1 month ago

In which country is this bus business viable? None. And you would like to take this risk? Dunderheads!

Otopa
Otopa
1 month ago

Have you done proper research to come up with this idea? This may flop as we have too many players now with the coming of small cars. I think post office should join the mobile phone industry and offer cheap rates. It is a billion profit industry with less risk as compared to transport. Can you seat down with your team and brainstorm. Do not rush. You can invest in mining, mineral water or water transport. You can do sanitary pads as the population of women is growing. Contact me for team building session. I have lots of ideas

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
1 month ago
Reply to  Otopa

Hahahaha. How do they contact you without you providing contact details? 🤣🤣🤣🤣

Owanihu O'Chiringa
Owanihu O'Chiringa
1 month ago
Reply to  Otopa

I I see positivity in your comments. Makes sense.

Mpumuntha viskuli
1 month ago

This is a good development, I hate minibuses

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