By Monica Tambala
A 60-year-old Japanese national, Ichiro Imai and a Malawian John Juwawo, have on August 19, 2022 drowned in the waters of Lake Chirwa in Zomba District.
According to Zomba Police Station Public Relations Officer (PRO), Patricia Sipiliano, it was reported that the late Japanese national was a fisheries sociologist and has been coming to Malawi periodically for studies where as Juwawo was a fisheries officer.
The two, on August 16, in company of other people went to Chinguma and Ngotangota fishing docks for their studies using a fisheries boat.
After their studies on August 19, the team opted to return where they encountered heavy winds that capsized their boat.
Efforts to rescue the team were done but the Japanese national was found dead while Juwawo is still missing.
Meanwhile, the Marine Police officers and officers from fisheries have jointly instituted investigations on the missing individual.
The body of Imai is currently at Zomba Central Hospital Mortuary.