Malawi Shipping company withdraws MV Ilala

Malawi Shipping Company has withdrawn MV Ilala from Lake Malawi waters for routine maintenance.

Ilala  to be replaced by MV Chilembwe

Company spokesperson Thomas Chafunya has said MV Chilembwe will replace MV Ilala which goes for maintenance this Friday.

“MV Ilala will undergo routine maintenance for three weeks,” said Chafunya.

He said passengers will pay MV Ilala fares on MV Chilembwe.

People complain that MV Chilembwe fares are higher than those of MV Ilala.

MV Ilala is the oldest passenger ship on Lake Malawi.

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JCInLA
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JCInLA

I was born and grew up in Monkey Bay. My dad was a quarter master, and was the one who commissioned Mtendere with His Excellency The Life President Kamuzu Banda. I believe the Ministry of Information has a film on the commissioning of Mtendere…. In those days dad would get us free passes for all his kids to go on Ilala or Mtendere up and down the lake. It was fantastic. Those were the days when Ilala and Mtendere were the real deal, reliable and fun. However, after Mota Evil came to take over, unfortunately they played it cheap. They… Read more »

Chengana
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Chengana

That is why Malawi remains poor. You can not run a ship (business) on free passes! The culture of handouts has to die.

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Kikiki You do that … that is “Maybe after I retire from the USA ….maybe I will just buy and fix it …..”
Misplaced ambition, and an investment made based on emotions and juvenile memories.
And you sure you would find investors for this?
Might be more prudent just to enjoy your 401K at the beach, Bwana.

Abu
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Abu

MV Ilala is a disaster waiting to happen. The company must buy a replacement vessel. Are they waiting for it to capsize. That boat or ship as you call it was built in the colonial era but only commissioned during Dr Banda’s reign.

Bristone Mabichi
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Bristone Mabichi

Firstly condemn Sanjika palace which chased away all those sympathizers of UTM and MCP.