Mystery surrounds the sinking on Lake Malawi of a multi million new vessel belonging to Maldeco Fisheries in Mangochi Monday night.
The vessel, named The Fish Eagle, sank while docked at Maldeco’s water jurisdiction along the lake.
While officials were not ready to divulge any information on the tragic event, sources told the incident has puzzled Maldeco Fisheries management.
“Workers just woke up this morning to find that the ship, which is the newest and the most sophisticated for Maldeco, has disappeared right at the ship yard.
“It is not known what might have caused it to sinking and everyone puzzled,” an employee from Maldeco Fisheries who did not want to be named told Nyasa Times.
He added: “Probably it had some holes which technicians did not notice but others are suspecting that it is sabotage because the vessel was just acquired recently.”
Meanwhile, government has dispatched officers from the Marine Department to investigate the accident.
Marine Department is a government agency that inspects and certifies lake vessels in the country.
Managed by the Foods Company Trading, Maldeco, which has about 50 chambo cages, is a subsidiary of Press Corporation Limited (PCL) and is engaged in commercial fishing, harvesting, processing and marketing from the fresh waters of Lake Malawi.