Goliati Milk Bulking Groups (MBGs) in Thyolo, which is under Rural Livelihoods and Economic Enhancement Programme (Rleep), has expressed concerns that prolonged power outages have ruined their milk production business.
This came to light during a recent media tour organised by Rleep, an organisation that seeks to improve incomes of economically active poor rural households engaged in the production, processing and marketing of selected agricultural commodities by advancing their integration with the emerging commercial sector.
If you follow Malawians on the social media, it is apparent events in Zimbabwe generated a lot of interest. It drew comparisons with 1993, the excitement, hope and prospects of a bright future.
Some even went to caution that our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe need not get too excited because change is sometimes no change. Things remain the same. What I found interesting about events in Zimbabwe is that it was good distraction from the issue affecting most Malawians. Electricity.
Members of Parliament (MPs) Thursday pressed government to explain why Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) is in the process of hiring generators to produce power when its mandate is to supply generated power.
Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, told the august House that Escom is hiring generators to reduce cases of power outages that have hit the country hard.
The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) is again in the news for some suspicious dealings.
Of the many parastatals in the country, Escom deserves the moniker ‘Serial Blunderers’ because they just cannot do anything right. Right now, Escom is on every person’s lips because of its failure to supply electricity to people.
Malawians have been taken back to the Dark Ages going days without electricity. The never-ending blackouts have hit hard both domestic and industrial users of electricity, thus giving a fatal blow to our already ailing economy.
As the country is grappling with its worst electricity crisis in history, there are proposals for the government to consider putting tax waivers on solar products and generators to increase access to those products and lessen dependence on hydro-electric power.
For a long time, there has been a mismatch between demand for electricity and the capacity that is available for distribution and the situation has been made worse by declining water levels in Lake Malawi where the country taps water for hydro-electric power generation.