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Malawi Energy Sector & Policy News

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Letter: "Long wait to be connected by ESCOM"

"Dear Editor, it angers me that Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) keeps collecting connection fees from clients when the company knows that it will not connect them to the national grid for two years or more.

To get connected, the Clients have to wait and sweat for years. When you go to their customer care desk, you get no new response: "Your file is being processed. Be patient, you will get connected bon."

At times, they Claim that they do not have I wonder why they call it' a 'customer care department when it does not help customers when it matters most.

"Blackouts disrupts deliberations"

Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Esther Mcheka-Chilenje, yesterday apologised to Members of Parliament (MPs) over a power cut that disrupted deliberations in the House.

"May I sincerely apologise for that interruption. We are yet to know the reason," Chilenje said.

By the time the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) cut power from the Parliament Building, the Minister of Health and Population, Atupele Muluzi, was holding the floor as he was responding to questions directed to his ministry.

"Blackouts threaten K9.5bn worth vaccines"

The country risks losing K9.S billion worth of vaccines and over half a million children may end up contracting preventable diseases such as measles and polio due to prolonged blackouts, a recent study has shown.

The situation analysis on impact of power outages on health, which was conducted by Malawi Equity Health Network (Mhen), looked at how the blackouts are impacting immunisation potency of vaccines in the national vaccine store as well as in districts.

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"Artists speak on blackouts"

Effects of incessant power outages have not spared the creative industry.
Random interviews with different artists have indicated that their activities have been affected, a development that has impacted their income.
Actor Stanley Mambo, who recently performed in the United Kingdom, said they were affected by electricity supply problems.

"Blackouts slow banking services"

Malawi’s banking sector has been hit hard by the current electricity crisis, making 2017 a difficult year for most players in the industry.
National Bank of Malawi (NBM) Chief Executive Officer, Macfussy Kawawa, said, due to the power situation, productivity in most companies has gone down, leading to a reduction in the number of people borrowing money from banks.
Kawawa was speaking when the bank hosted a cocktail to engage its clients in the Northern Region.

"No power, no business"

As lengthy and frequent blackouts dim the nation, sex workers have not been spared the effects of the power crisis.

I met one night queen at Chikwawa Boma last week. She said ussually she makes about K10 000 a night. But since last month, the highest she can get is K2 000 and at times this goes down to K500.

She charges each customer K2 500 for a short time service and K5 000 the whole night.

We will name her Zione. She is 19 years old, but has been working as a sex worker since last year.

"Malawi down 15 places on electricity usage - study"

Malawi has dropped 15 Places to 61 out of 71 countries on electricity according to a new study of clean energy activity in key developing nations published by the Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

“The country marked decrease in three aspects financing opportunities, value chain readiness and greenhouse gas management. Enabling frameworks went up two places due to the unbundling of the power sector and implementation of tenders," reads the report.

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