Electricity woes worsen in Lilongwe: Vandals, rains ring down Escom power lines

Vandals and torrential rains have brought down the main power lines that supply electricity from Nkula Falls to Lilongwe, worsening electricity woes in the country.

Escom transmission manager Alfred Kaponda said over K600 million is needed to bring the situation back to normal.

This is in addition to daily electricity woes that has seen Escom heavily load-shedding power, releasing power for an average of less than eight hours a day, a situation blamed on low levels of water in Shire river.

“We have put in place measures to ensure electricity is available despite the damage,” said Kaponda.

The police have already arrested four men from Neno in connection with the bringing down of the electricity lines.

President Peter Mutharika acknowledged electricity problems people are facing and as expected, he repeated of long term plans of coal fired power among others as a solution.

Kaponda said the districts affected by the ringing down of the power lines are Ntcheu, Dedza, Balaka and Lilongwe.

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Kandapako
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Ikakuona litsilo sikata. Mpeni umapita pomwe padapita mnjere. It never rains but it pours. This is Malawi.

Naphungwako
Guest

During the late Mutharika’s reign, monkeys it all ESCOM cables; now this regime has the vandals a better reason. Hahahahaha!

Mtundu Wanga
Guest

What does “an average of less than 8 hours” mean, really? It can mean an average of 30 minutes a day

Billy
Guest

Just ask Peter Mutharika to donate part of his “personal” millions to the electricity cause. Remember he was already a millionaire when he arrived in the country. K600million is nothing to him.

william
Guest

Wabodza this is just an excuse for further load shedding, since rains have come they need another excuse for load shedding, Why would vandals bring doen poles as they dont have any resale value, Escom does not have capacity so they keep on changing excuses to keep load shedding going. Achoke Escom

The Most Concerned
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Chakwera wakutumaniyo akupweteketsani. Agalu osakonda dziko lanu.

Observer
Guest

Over 600 what!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????

Sikusinja
Guest

I knew it, this govt is a total failure!!! ESCOM does not lack excuses for its failures. This is what they planned well in advance. Cum on bring out all your lies now.

Kanyimbi
Guest

If the lines had power, the vandals would have been electrocuted.

Dyetsani Njomba
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Go to the markets and you will find bolts and nuts taken from the pylons being sold. Malawi is a depressing country. Even road signs are stolen to make ziwaya za kanyenya. We are lucky that anthu osula nkhwanga and makasu do not have access to power tools. The day they will lay their hands on them you will find pylons chopped up ready to be used to make axes and makasu.

Kodi ndi umphawi kapena mtima wa ogwiritsa ntchito zinthu za boma moononga. Ena ali pa cashgate ndipo ena ali busy destroying pylons for bots and nuts. God help Malawi!

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