Prevailing and prolonged power outages in the country are negatively impacting on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) who have expressed concern that their businesses are almost dying.
Currently, the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco)—that sells power to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)—is only generating 160 megawatts (MW) of electricity against the average demand of 300MW, due to low water levels in the Shire River, which harbours 90 percent of Egenco’s hydro-electric power plants.
In an effort to improve service delivery to its customers across the country and in a bid to align itself to international standards the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM) is in the process of setting up a National Call Centre.
Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) chief executive officer (CEO) Evelyn Mwapasa has been removed from her position and replaced with Dr Allexon Chiwaya who is making a comeback to the power utility.
In a memorandum dated November 9 2017 addressed to Escom heads of department and all staff, director of human resources and administration Daphter Namandwa said Mwapasa “has been redeployed within the public sector”.\
The memo said Chiwaya’s appointment is effective November 6.
It is pleasing to learn that leader of opposition and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera appreciates the suffering Malawians are going through in view of the prolonged power outages.
In his public address yesterday, Chakwera acknowledged the state of hopelessness Malawians are embroiled in as there seems to be no end to the blackouts and other economic problems plaguing the country.
Leader of opposition in Parliament Lazarus Chakwera has dared President Peter Mutharika to demonstrate seriousness to resolve the energy crisis facing the country by fast-tracking interim solutions to extended power outages.
Chakwera, who is also opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, also asked the President to punish officers involved in the botched multi-million dollar standby generators procurement deal at Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom).
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