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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19 thoughts on “Electricity woes worsen in Lilongwe: Vandals, rains ring down Escom power lines”

  1. Kandapako says:

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

  2. Naphungwako says:

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

  3. Mtundu Wanga says:

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

  4. Billy says:

    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.

  5. william says:

    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

  6. The Most Concerned says:

    Chakwera wakutumaniyo akupweteketsani. Agalu osakonda dziko lanu.

  7. Observer says:

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

  8. Sikusinja says:

    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.

  9. Kanyimbi says:

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

  10. Dyetsani Njomba says:

    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!

  11. opportunist says:

    Unreliable entity.. Today this tomorrow that. Kkkkkkkkkk

  12. Onano says:

    I don’t have any sympathy for the so called ESCOM, they are robbing us big time, mukumachotsa ma meter a prepaid a kale muli ma units ndikumaika ena with preloaded 5Kw only? and doing that madzulo? U want to buy top up airtime only to be told kuti its not registered on the network! Komanso osabweza amene analimowo? nde chani chimenechi? Kutiuza ti anyamata tanuto muzinena kuti tibweza within 3 days? Koma nothing. Kupanga report you say munthu akunama munayika? I mean how can you embark on a project and fails to control even the basic principles? This is broad day light stealing. I don’t understand how these guys work, and yet mukukana ma reforms! You must be joking. Konzani zimenezo, mesa mukutolera ma units a anthu? In fact I should say mukuba ma unit! I mean mumakambirana zichani?

  13. DZIKANYANGA says:

    Agalu inu dzakunyelani mwatikwana ife mukungotiwoletsela ndiwo mu ma fridge. Kaya ndiwe kaponda Kaya ndani nose mbuzi zokha zokha.

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  15. mapwevupwevu says:

    Muwadule wapwala makape amenewo.

  16. Mpumulo says:

    Excuses excuses,and more excuses.

  17. Power blackout has nothing to do with vandalism, rains or drought as always explained by ESCOM. Blackouts are caused by poor management/leadership at ESCOM. Remember Escom blamed lack of funds to replace old equipment/machinery and remember that in one donor meeting/forum ESCOM was asked what is it they needed to fix blackouts and it was reported that Escom had no clue about what they really needed. To prove that point today MCC /America pumped in US$ +350 into ESCOM where some new ‘equipments’ were bought but results …… more blackouts ! Did ESCOM really know what they are lacking – it is leadership its people at the top have no leadership skill in managing such an important organisation. Being a good engineer is not enough to run ESCOM we need a good ESCOM CEO and he does not need to be an engineer anyway ! a non-Engineer can successfully use engineers to get things done and fully implement all MCC milestones.

  18. Jimuni says:

    600 million basi? Ralph Kasambara, Paul Mphwiyo, Oswald Lutepo and Max Namata can easily split that bill.

    Offer them clemency on condition that they split the 600 million

  19. walesbanda says:

    Zopusa basi

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