Likoma and Chizumulu Islanders have implored government to consider putting in place measures that will ensure MV Ilala and other boats sailing between the islands and other districts ferry people in line with COVID19 preventive measures.
On Likoma Island this morning, people took to the street in demonstrations against management of the district health office.
A recent report by the Public Health Institute of Malawi (PHIM) on Coronavirus puts Likoma Island as the only district in Malawi which has not recorded any case since the declaration of COVID19 a national disaster on March 20, 2020.
The strike by the Malawi Shipping Company (MSC) and Malawi Ports Company (MPC) meant to force their employer to adjust their salary upwards has now entered second week.
Staff at the Malawi Shipping Company (MSC) and Malawi Ports Company (MPC) are on strike beginning Thursday forcefully suspending all operations for both passenger and cargo vessels on Lake Malawi.
Police on Likoma Island are allegedly investigating reports that some of them have been taking bribes and aiding Mozambican nationals flout covid-19 preventive measures and board Malawi vessels on Lake Malawi without following procedure.
Likoma residents have cried foul over the absence of an Immigration officer, three days after government assigned him to other duties outside the Island district.
For nearly three months now, Likoma district (comprising Likoma and Chisumulu islands on Lake Malawi) has operated without a District Health Officer in office.
Fishermen in Likoma Island have disagreed with government’s fresh sanction for a complete ban of the use of prohibited fishing nets on Lake Malawi.