Escom disconnects Malawi govt building for unpaid bills

Government business has come to a standstill at new government building in the commercial city of Blantyre after Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) cut off power supply due to unpaid bills.

Chingota:  Disconneted for unpaid bills

Chingota: Disconneted for unpaid bills

Escom disconnected power supply to the building on Wednesday afternoon, forcing the State employees to abandon their respective offices in what can only be  regarded as ‘holiday’.

The building, situated at the heart of Blantyre town adjacent to Blantyre Sports Club is now a deserted dark-hall with no hope that the paralysed government operations will return to normal anytime soon.

Nyasa Times visit to the building discovered that the utility provider cut off the power supply Wednesday afternoon.

“How do they expect us to be working without electricity? Nobody wants to remain in office with what has just happened,” complained one of the civil servant who spoke to Nyasa Times .

The officer disclosed that most of the government departments owe the utility providers-Escom and Water Board- huge outstanding bills.

Escom Public Relations Manager, Kitty Chinseu-Chingota while confirming the power cut at new government building refused to disclose how much the company is owed in electricity bills.

“Our customer privacy policy does not allow us to divulge such information,” said Chingota.

During the Peoples Party era, the new government building, constructed by the Chinese Government, had no power for two days after Escom cut off supply due to same issue of unsettled bills.

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25 thoughts on “Escom disconnects Malawi govt building for unpaid bills”

  1. JK says:

    Ive worked there workers can not do there job for a salary but you give them the money you ll see your house connected within a month with stolen materials and there managers are the worst performers. They promote people not because of hard work but the lazy and corrupt ones are the good boys. Shame on this big state company

  2. dzina langa says:

    when i think of escom ndimafuna kusanza. i paid for power connection sometime bak koma when i go there to check status its all stories. they give me a lever arc file to check but form is nowhere to be seen. i photocopy my copy and give them a copy still no progress. i know akufuna some lubricants. i will shame them one day.


  4. Wa uzeni osidzo says:

    What wil be the productivity us,as the students?u escom guys u have to think on dat at santhe sec xool we have been disconnected of power supply since last 2 months.who wil handover your position?IDIOTS!

  5. Mngoni weniweni says:

    I hate ESCOM people coz instead of disconnecting real culprits, they are busy punishing minorities. They are Asians out there who connive with ESCOM staff to consider them tampering with meters and some other nasty things just to defraud the firm. For example, there is this guy, Andrew Chisale and his friends who go to Asians and get bribes to buy those cars he is driving!! ACB should also go to ESCOM and investigate how other people amass their worth there. They are driving posh cars while we customers are getting raw deal everyday!!! Shupit zanu agalu inu a ESCOM !!!!!

    1. Flames Malawi says:

      Apa Mngoni Weniweni wakwiyadi. Samalani a ESCOM

  6. jimbo says:

    Well done ESCOM!! About time steps were taken to force the government to pay its bills. Now the Water Board should follow suit and turn off the water supply to government buildings when bills are unpaid. The government is the biggest customer of these utilities and when it does not pay its bills it means they cannot develop and expand. The government needs to give good example by paying its bills on time in order for the country to develop further. A reliable electricity supply and water supply are essential for the development of the country, but they depend on prompt payment of bills in order to finance that development.

  7. chatonda says:

    Escom must also give their customers time to pay the bills and not rushing with diosconnections as they do. Or else connect with prepaid meters so that these government building can stop utambwali. Give them new prepaid meters all will be history. Why is ESCOM taking too long to implement the new prepaid meter system? Wake up from the deep slumber escom please.

  8. Seasoned Political analyst says:

    Up to the point of disconnecting then the problem is two ways. ESCOM does not have proper planning to ensure that bills are paid 30, 60 or 90 days. It may also mean that there is no proper communication between ESCOM and customers to just remind them about the unpaid bills than reaching the option of disconnecting. to reach the point of kudula magetsi ku boma!! pavuta apa komanso kuboma mukuti ESCOM ikupatsani bwanju dividenc when they are not making any money!. Komaso most postpaid bills are not genuine they are inflated unnecessarily making the customer unable to pay. Fix prepaid meters so that these problems are eradicated once and for all. Why is it like ESCOM has no planners and strategists oooooh.

  9. Flames Malawi says:

    ESCOM has been playing games by disconnecting poor individuals leaving Government offices with Huge bills in millions. Its good news to see that they have now woke up.

  10. Patriot says:


  11. womenslib says:

    They should give people credit for the times electricity is turned off with no explanation.

  12. Guest says:

    New Government Building? My foot, that building is over 10 years old now. Actually my house, “The New Tent” is newer. Old Trafford, New Emirates.

    1. aah says:

      And the building was not constructed by Chinese Govt. It was purely Malawi Govt money. Only that the contractor, Houlong, was Chinese. Get your facts right you half baked journalists!

  13. Yobe boo says:

    Zili bwino !!!!!!!!!

  14. Behavour Sceintist says:

    Escom you are fools. Why not just install prepaid meters in these buildings, then the embiciles managing government offices will be forces to spend on priority areas other than inflating prices of stationary of or other invoices.

  15. MKWAPU says:


  16. Mlomwe says:

    Government is also owing lots of money to individual tenants. Government has not been paying house rentals for medical doctors, police, army etc. The Government needs to make a statement on this issue. People should not spend their money and time following up on their rentals. Demeti!!

  17. Gulinga says:

    @3am in the afternoon. Whatever it means.

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  18. mabuluku says:

    So you are saying they disconected it @3 am afternoon? Ooooohhh !Komanso Escom mumationjeza magetsi kukhala ngati mumawatenga kunja kwa dziko lino? Komanso muwauze anyamata anu olembera ma metre azigogoda asanalowe myumba kuti alembere coz tsiku lina muzatola mtembo. Komanso enafe timakonda kupanga chipako ndi akadzi athu pa sitting room. Koma ndifunse kodi ma salary anu amayenda bwanji coz munthu kungoyamba ntchito ku Escom masiku ochepa wagula galimoto nyumba mbava zeni zeni zagona kumeneko nchifukwa chake munaotcha office yanu kuopa muyaluka. Muzayerekeze mudzadule nyumba yanga ndizakukhapani zedi coz zimandipweteka

  19. Peter Muthanyula says:

    At 3 a.m. on Wednesday afternoon… Ndiye Nyasatimes ndimadziwa ine imeneyo

  20. Onasiwelo says:

    Stupid ESCOM why not doing the same at the state houses as well mukuopa kuti akufinyani machaba anuwo apm because we all know that state houses have also huge bills that are yet to be honored. Toothless mbuzi just like BWB i hate you all.

  21. Khuni says:

    Are you dudes saying power was disconnected around “3AM on Wednesday afternoon” C’mon, folks!

  22. jumujum says:

    Kodi inu A escom mukudula magesi chifukwa chiani simukudziwa kuti boma liribe ndalama.

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