Lilongwe — Malawi will have a new state-of-the-art passenger ship on Lake Malawi once Malawians vote the People's Party (PP) into power in the May 20, 2014 elections, pledges the Party in its Manifesto.
Compiled under the theme: Transforming Malawi Together - It is Possible, PP says the party realizes the existing water transport problems and that under the leadership of Dr. Joyce Banda, the Party will face-lift the water transport in the country.
PP notes in its 18-chapter Manifesto that despite the country being landlocked, Malawi is blessed with large water bodies that provide untapped opportunities for an efficient water transport system that could also boost the country's tourism potential.
The Party says notwithstanding this potential, the country's water transport system is not fully developed and faces a number of challenges that include dilapidated port infrastructure; ageing and inadequate fleet of vessels; and capacity problems.
"The People's Party Government shall design a roadmap toward a comprehensive maritime transport system that will enhance efficiency and effectiveness; and introduce a state of the art new Passenger Ship on Lake Malawi to ease water transport problems faced by those living along the lake shore," reads the Manifesto.
PP also pledges to revamp and construct new supportive maritime infrastructure for the maritime sector along Lake Malawi including Likoma Port, Chilumba Port, Nkhata-Bay Port, Ngala Port
and Chipoka Port.
"We will partner the private sector to introduce luxurious cruise vessels on Lake Malawi; and speed up feasibility studies on Shire-Zambezi waterway to facilitate decision on the future of the Nsanje Inland Port," concludes the PP Manifesto on Inland Water Transport.
Currently, Malawi's passenger ships Ilala and Mtendere have aged and are in dire need of replacement as they frequently break down leaving travelers stranded for months.