Citizens unhappy over electricity tarrifs hike: Unfair, says Malawi Economic Justice Network

A cross section of Malawians have expressed concern over Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera)decision to allow Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) a 13.7 percent increase in electricity tarrifs to K53.69 (about $0.08) from the current K40.69 (about $0.06) per kilowatt-hour.

Kubalasa: Unfair

Kubalasa: Unfair

People who spoke to Nyasa Times correspondent on the streets of the Capital City, Lilongwe questioned the sincerity of Mera in the wake of economic turbulence.

“Mera is more concerned with Escom financial problems not financial problems of an ordinary person,” said a 39 year man identified as Chitekwe.

“The government increased secondary school fees then it is now increasing electricity tarrifs. We indeed need to tighten our belts. The economic problems are for ordinary Malawians after all,” chipped in a 25 year old man Bruno Mahata.

“We are paying for inefficiencies of Escom,” said a 55 year old lady Chikumbutso Mbango.

Escom raised electricity tarrifs twice within a month, first from K35 per kilowatt and two days ago from K40 to K53 per kilowatt.

Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) executive director Dalitso Kubalasa said the explanations by Mera for the electricity tarrifs hike do not hold water and both Mera and Escom need to justify the hike at a time when the economy is facing huge problems.

Kubalasa said it was “unfair “to force tax payers fund inefficiencies at Escom.

According to a statement signed by Mera board chairperson Dingiswayo Jere, Mera approved the tariff hike after considering the impact of inflation rate and exchange rate movement that resulted in a 6.6 percent increase.

Reads the statement in part: “The tariff which was beyond the statutory plus or minus five percent threshold for revising tariffs and therefore the electricity tariff qualified for an upward adjustment.”

The statement said during its meeting on December 2, the Mera board noted a further depreciation of the local unit to K612.38 against the United States dollar and”

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31 thoughts on “Citizens unhappy over electricity tarrifs hike: Unfair, says Malawi Economic Justice Network”

  1. A Moyo says:

    Escom tariffs are raised again. Why? Count how many vehicles Escom has hired and what are they for? Escom management and its managers live a luxurious life and they are doing it at the expense of ordinary Malawians. How can we stop buying chalcoal like this?

  2. choka phiri says:

    Water board is worse. AT last Electricity one can control. But it is verk unfortunate thinking of hon economy is in Malawi and black outs which is affecting businesses. Where are People going to get money when there salaries are verk low? Businesses dont bringa money due to black outs. Ask The small businesswomen of salons. For Gods sake is there NO control system for government to look intog citizens suffering? What is The government for? Vet soon som organisation Will leave Malawi as The did during Bakili. Malawi is a filuren nation. Its Malawians fault. The say “AS U BED U SLEEP ON IT” u choose a party yourself. Dont complain.

  3. BORN TO BE HATED BY FOOLS says:

    Mr President why siting phwi n waiting for bad days. Do u no that once the tarrif is up most Malawians will be using charcoal n firewood. Cant u subsdise Electricty for more people to use it inorder to save environment. You have to be ashamed of urself to stand on a Podium one day speaking on environment while u as the citizen No 1 U are the one pushing the local citizens to deforestrate heavily. Do something, subsdise electricty Sir.

  4. Lembwende Mbulanda says:

    asamati tikweza magetsi koma adziti tikweza mtenga wa ma blackout chifukwa masiku 20 without electricity or intermitted electricity 10 with magetsi ndiye mudziti mwakweza magetsi?Pamtumbo panu ndithu mulungudi!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. SUNDERSTAR says:

    Government must monitor Escom, MANAGEMENT AND MANAGERS @ESCOM ARE JUST WALLOPING IN LUXURIES AND SOME OF THESE ADJUSTMENTS ARE MEANT TO TO FUND SOME LUXURIES FOR MANAGEMENT AND MANAGERS. IMAGINE AN ORGANISATION FAILING TO BUY AND MANAGE BACK UP GENERATORS TO BOOST THEIR GENERATION CAPACITY CLAIMING THAT ITS EXPENSIVE YET THEY HAVE A CAR SCHEME FOR AND MANAGEMENT AND MANAGERS, THIS SCHEME GIVE THESE PEOPLE CARS POSHY ONES WITH MONTHLY FREE FUEL ALLOWANCES AND UN CONTROLLED MAINTENANCE AT A GARAGE. THESE CARS ARE NEVER USED FOR ESCOM WORK BUT PERSONAL USE, THE SCHEME IS OF NO BENEFIT TO ESCOM OPERATIONS PER SE, THESE PEOPLE GLOBE TROT AROUND THE WORLD THAT THEIR VISA CARDS ARE FULL OF DOLLARS. IMAGINE AN ORGANISATION LIKE ESCOM HAVING NOT LESS THAN 50 MANAGERS AND EACH MANAGER GETS A FRRE CAR EVERY FOUR YEARS @ AT A COST OF NOT LESS THAN MK18 MILLION FOR MANAGERS AND MK25 MILLION FOR MANAGEMENT. YET THESE PEOPLE CLAIM THAT BUYING BACK UP GENERATORS IS EXPENSIVE , YET RUNNING THEIR SCHEME CARS IS NOT EXPENSIVE. GOVERMENT MUST LOOK INTO ALL THIS AND JUSTIFY WHETHER THIS TARIFF RAISE IS SANE.

  6. G. Fuerst says:

    Escom have increased 31% and not 13%

  7. Steve Ng'omba says:

    Agalu inu !!!!

  8. john says:

    Its what malawians want. Why voting for DPP MP again?

  9. Madalitso Lumbe says:

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  10. Ganizan Hussein says:

    Malawi dziko la anthu akufa ali moyo,.mitembo yamoyo yokha yokha inadzadza mdziko la Nyasaland.

  11. DRAKE says:

    THE MANAGEMENT AND MANAGERS OF ESCOM ARE LEADING A VERY LUXURIOUS LIFE WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS AWARE OF. THEY ARE GIVEN FREE CARS EVERY FOUR YEARS EVERY THING ON THE CAR IS SERVICED BY ESCOM, THEY GET UNLIMITED FUEL
    AND MOST OF THESE CARS DONT DO ESCOMS WORK BUT PERSONAL AND AFTER FINISHING 4 YEARS THE CARS ARE FREELY TRANSFERED TO THE OWNERSHIP OF THE DIRECTOR OR MANAGER. DIRECCTORS AND MANAGERS IN ESCOM CRISSCROSS THE WORLD FLYING ATTENDING MEETINGS AND UNPRODUCTIVE SEMINARS AND IN MOSTCASES THEIR VISACARDS ARE FULL OF DOLLARS, THIS MERA IS QUITE AWARE OF AND THEY CAN DO NOTHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE THEY ARE FORCED TO APPROVE THE REVISION OF RATES BY THE GOVERNMENT. CAN A SPECIAL TRIBUNAL BE SET TO CHECK ON THE CARS SCHEME AND FUEL ALLOWANCES AND ON THE USE OF THOSE CARS IF AT ALL THOSE CARS DO THE WORK OF ESCOM. THIS REVISION IS ONLY MEANT TO PUNISH MALAWIANS, ESCOM IS NOT LEADING BY EXAMPLE INSTEAD OF SACRIFICING THE DIRECTORS WANT TO MAINTAIN THEIR POSHY LIVES NOT SACRIFICE. THOUGH THE DOLLAR HAS BEEN NOT STABLE THE LEVELS OF CORRUPTION AND WASTAGE IN ESCOM IS JUST TOO ALARMING. THERE IS NEED TO CHANGE THE BOARD, MANAGEMENT AND SOME MANAGERS, ESCOM CAN EASILY RECOVER IF IT CAN BE HEADED BY GOOD MANAGEMENT AND A FEW MANAGERS, THERE ARE OVER FIFTY MANAGERS IN ESCOM MOST OF THEM DO NOTHING BUT JUST SITTING AND ENJOYING THE BENEFITS, MOST OF THEM ARE SO CORRUPT.

  12. A Micky says:

    Koma able ife tu tikuvutika. What I have seen is that the MERA guys are benefiting rom the hikes. The rural mas are the ones who are suffering. W have electric gardets but many will stop using them. Nawonso a NCHE akuti student should deposit MK8000.00 juft for the form only. Where do you think a poor student will find the money. You want to reduce the number of applicants.

  13. NYAOPE says:

    A Malawi ndife anthu omvetsa chisoni sizinaonekenso dziko lonse la pansi. Timangong’ung’udza nthawi zonse boma likamatipondeleza pomakweza mitengo ya zinthu mosatiganizila. Dzana akweza fees, tinangoyang’ana, lero ndi awa through Escom akwezanso magesi. Tili chete kumangobangula tili khale pakhonde. Zamanyi ngati zimenezi aboma la South Africa anateronso kukweza fees, koma ana a School anapanga zionetsero zoonetsa kusagwirizana ndi kukweza feesyo mpaka bomalo linachotsanso maganizo okweza feeswo. Izotu zimachitika nthawi yomwe ophunzirawo amayembekeza kulemba mayeso , mpaka ma date amayesowo anasinthidwa . Koma aMalawife tulo taketo sizinaonekenso.

  14. Munthu Wabwino says:

    Bwana N0. 1
    You are right about Reserve Bank.
    Reserve bank has no govenor. Chuka failed at MTL and you think he can manage Reserve Bank. Do not renew his contract this time around. Malawi will be dead and barried.

  15. jekete says:

    Bwana No.1
    There nobody managing Reserve Bank. The Chuka Guy knows nothing. Please do not renew his contract this time around. This guy failed at MTL big time and you think he can manage Reserve Bank?

  16. jekete says:

    Koma muthese katangale. The line, faults and meter guys when you call them, they ask for a bribe for you to be assisted. Tizikupasani maina a anthu amenewa ndi ma phone awo. But do not weste our time we want action on them. Tatopa nawo anthuwa atizunza mokwana.

  17. EUMAC says:

    THIS IS STUPIDITY AT ITS PEAK OF THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION

  18. Malawi is a rehearsal of hardy. This is just a tip of the wedge tougher times here after.

  19. Chingolopiyo says:

    Malawians, lets do something, this too much! Though silent golden but it is killing us! This government is taking Malawians for granted

  20. mbuyuni says:

    Milking a cow under malnutrition

  21. snelia says:

    So what are you saying Mr Kubalasa ? Should we go for demonstration?Bring the solution here ,osamangolira mma news papers.

  22. Alex Likoswe says:

    Used to free things. If you want services, you have to pay for them. Inefficiencies at ESCOM yes. That is what we should be fighting for.

  23. Ulemu Kwa YHWH says:

    Shame on MERA and ESCOM. Don’t think that this government is spared, shame on you too. The greatest of all, shame to Mr Dingiswayo Jere. So you think effects of inflation are only hitting hard ESCOM. Had you known, they are the ordinary Malawians who are severely hit by this so called inflation. How do you think the ordinary Malawians will ably be managing settling ESCOM inflated bills? Are we going to be paying for no electricity and load shading bills? The government should accept that ESCOM has failed Malawians. It is high time consumers not an individual held ESCOM accountable.
    Kupanda manyazi basi. You are a disgrace to the Malawi nation!

  24. Munyalika says:

    so inflation is only affecting escom had it been it was jb kapito was going to be on his feet but becaz it is one of them things are ok God will fight for us it will happen not a long time lets wait

  25. Maseko says:

    VUTO LIRI KU ESCOM MA BWANA NDIWODZIKONDA NTCHITO KUNJOYA SIZOONA KUTI AKWEZE MAGETSI NDIPO KUZIMA KWA MAGETSI NDI BODZA LALIKULU KWAMBIRI NDINAKAKONDA PRESIDENT WA DZIKO LINO ANAKAYIMITSA NTCHITO NDE POTI PRESIDENT WAKE AMAMVA ZAKE ZOKHA NDE TIYENI NAZO

  26. ovilera says:

    Some news are so disappointing that you don’t know which word to say rather wishing to kill someone.

  27. choka phiri says:

    The government duty is to look AT People situation. Malawi government has never done this. How can a government just sit and look at this? If the government is having economic problem how do they expect people to have good economy? Majorrty of Malawians are civil servants and earn very little. How can this people afford expenses like flod school fees rent electric etc? It is so surprise that Malawians are quite about this? This quite is what makes government to nothing. In a demokrati nation any ruling government can not be elected again. But Malawians Will elected this government again. They had this DDP and knew what happened. So what did people expected. Its those poor pepple Who vote most. They vote for a person on ground he is their tribe comes from their region. So sad

  28. gule says:

    This suffering will continue as long as we continue to have a weak opposition as demonstrated in the just ended by- elections. There is no hope for malawi now

  29. Morris says:

    The root of inflation is kwacha depreciation and the kwacha is devaluing because of reserve bank of Malawi blunder by introducing a regulation from April2015 where exporters can keep there dollars on full and don’t need to change them to kwacha. This has made forex demand skyrocket and kwacha has lost half its value so prices of items are skyrocketing. Why would reserve bank introduce this policy when they know it will create unbearable inflation is there a dodgy deal deal made with exporters at the expense of poor malawians

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