Escom official alarmed with corruption levels

A senior official at Escom says he is alarmed with the level of corruption at the state run power utility company after it became clear that officers were deliberately delaying to connect electricity to houses until they received huge sums of money from owners.

Kalondolondo Programme Manager, Jephter Mwanza: Alarming corruption at Escom

Kalondolondo Programme Manager, Jephter Mwanza: Alarming corruption at Escom

This follows a report released by Kalondolondo programme.

Peter Mtundu, distribution manager for Escom said management had known all along that there was corruption at the institution but thought it was at low level.

“Escom will not tolerate corruption. We will read this report carefully and chart the way forward,” said Mtundu.

He said those engaged in corruption would be exposed and appropriate action taken according to the laws.

“We need to move on,” said Mtundu.

Nyasa Times investigations show that some Escom employees demand money amounting from K15,000 to K20,000 for power connections failure to pay the money leads to long delays in the connections.

Government is working hard to halt corruption in government departments including the Road Traffic and Safety Department which was touted the most corrupt according to some surveys.

Other departments hit by corruption, according to the surveys include the Immigration Department and police traffic department among others.

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19 thoughts on “Escom official alarmed with corruption levels”

  1. Hike again??? 3 months after another hike? Where is CAMA? poor Malawi

  2. redeemed says:

    They say “it takes two to tangle,” corruption could not have developed deep roots in our land had it lacked support. People keep lamenting over corruption, when in fact they are the strong catalyst for the formulated syndrome of that corruption. My strong belief is that, if we people could take a stand against corruption by simply refraining from supporting this aversive malpractice, surely the culprits would be forced to go the justice way. If there are people who should take the responsibility for the unfavourable actions by our service providers, it’s us the consumers.
    Do you fsuggest that if every passort applicant could resist bribing the immigration officials, and opt for the honest way, are you sure no passport could be issued?. The answer is obviously no.
    Let’s be the change we want to see.

  3. Benjones says:

    Go check procurement they take bribes from companies to give tenders also some companies have fixed commision to buy spare for card and other things at inflated prices pls check. This is affecting our pockets as we end up paying huge bills to cover this evil.

  4. Machinga says:

    Corruption at any level is deplorable fool!

  5. Ojambula says:

    Mr. Mtundu and Mr. Mwanza, don’t pretend that all along you never knew that there was too much corruption at your institution. You could be one of them so to speak. That is just a tip of so many corrupt practices happening at Escom, another one is about the free prepaid meters, eish I don’t know. At Nkolokosa B for example, meters meant for this township found their way to other townships such as Chirimba and Nkolokosa B bkoz pipo in those areas bought these free meters meant for Nkolokosa B, one of my friends paid 12- thousand kwacha to have his house fixed with a free prepaid meter right here in Nkolokosa B after he had noted that Escom officials had Started playing hide and seek on those meters. Nde muti chani agalu inu, up to now our houses are not fixed with meters, ati tiwapatse ma 18-thousand kwacha, zankutu.

  6. mathanyula nyula says:

    really? you are just finding out now???

  7. HEHE YAAA says:

    A ESCOM NGAKUBA INU
    AMANGOLANDIRA NDALAMA ZA WANTHU
    KOMA MAGETSI OSAWAYIKIRA

    KUKANAKHALA KUNJA KWA AZATHU
    UTHA KUWASUMIRA NDITHU
    UDYEPO ZAKO
    CHIZUNGU CHAKE BREACH OF CONTRACT

  8. anadimba says:

    wa coruption kwambiriyo ndi bossyo ,mtunduyo ameneyo boma limuchotse, alipo yekha yemwe angathe ntchitoyo? Shupit

  9. The Analyst says:

    o……………..o……………….o…………………o……………….o…………………..o…………………o……………….o……………o………………o………………..o……………..o
    . . . How does a baobab tree come about; if not from a very tiny seed? How does pregnancy come about; If not from a fusion of atomic nothings?
    . . . Is it justifiable therefore to say we all along knew about the existence of corruption but we thought it was being done at a small scale? Really? Who is this man’s boss? Otherwise, this response from him just shows how useless and brainless he is and needs to be fired, forthwith.
    . . . Corruption at small scale or level that goes unnoticed hence unpunished, is a fertile ground for corruption at higher scale or level. It therefore should be checked and punished at whatever scale or level!
    o………………….o…………………..o……………………o…………………o…………………..o………………….o……………….o……………….o………………….o……………..o
    You Escom people are shameless thieves.
    . . . You rob fellow poor people by asking for a bribe for connection.
    . . . After connection, you continue to rob the poor man by giving out exortibant utility bills that dont even match usage.
    . . . Sadly, even when the owner of a house has been out of the country or anywhere in the country for a month, for a workshop and happened to have locked his/her house; the utility bill just comes the same; gladly whistling and dancing.
    . . . If one querries the bill, you hide under the name “estimates.” Thieves!

    You have no place here or in the hereafter! Shameless on you, thieves!
    o………………..o………………….o…………………..o…………………..o…………………..o……………….o……………..o…………………..o………………….o………………o

    1. The Analyst says:

      When you type and edit, shit happens. Otherwise, the last sentence . . . “shame on you, thieves!,” should have read.

  10. i want a tractor says:

    if there’s one thing i hate, it’s constantly hearing those words “we will chart the way forward.” they irritate the shit out of me.

    action men like magufuli don’t “chart the way forward”, they just kick ass there and then, on the spot, pompo pompo, no looking at the face (osayang’ana nkhope).

    there are too many old people running things in our companies, with degrees from decades ago that are no longer relevant in today’s techno age. that’s why town boys like lootepo made you sign million dollar cheques with their sweet talk, maganizo anu ali pa zidzukulu, mtedza ophika ndi thobwa.

  11. haward says:

    Ndizowona anthu amenewa demand money to connect electricity to your home, 45 000

  12. Dr. Godfrey Ganizani Mvuma says:

    Where is the CEO. Act now. Fire them. Malawi will never develop with such tendencies.

  13. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Mr Mtundu, don’t give me that!
    It’s common knowledge that corruption is rampant at ECSOM. Just talk to anybody who has had power connected to their house in Blantyre, say, over the past year or two. The managers cannot hide behind the shield of ignorance, unless they have been living outside Malawi.
    APM is right: we, Malawians need to change our mindset.
    Now that ESCOM admits the problem in public, let’s see if we’ll notice a difference. Good managers must track the progress; by, for example, checking the time between applications and power connections.
    Other departments, like Lands, RT&S and Immigration, need to follow suite.
    APM and this government should push against corruption, even more. They may not make friends in high places; but this could be their legacy.

  14. Chibisa says:

    It is not only corruption but incompetence. I went to Escom office at shoprite to report about low vortage. I met a guy at the reception who directed me to go to next reception to report my problem to a lady who deals with prepaid meters. I presented my problem and she did not say anything. She went into her bag get her mobile phone and made few calls then she gave me a mobile number to call a technician. When i called the technician he said he was not responsible and I should report to fault office in limbe. I asked him for a phone number which he did not have.i went back in the office and asked the same gentleman I met before about the phone number for limbe fault office. To my surprise he did not know it but he was at reception. I thought he was there to help. With this kind of services, as a county we can not go forward. No wonder we are lacking behind in everything

  15. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Kodi ena simukudziwa kuti Malawi adabvunda kalekale? Ayi bola anzathu ndiye kuti mudakwera pa msana pa njobvu.

  16. HEHE YAAA says:

    I HAVE THREE HOUSES
    AND I PAID ALL
    THE MONIES TO
    ESCOM BUT ITS NOW ALMOST
    TWO YEARS THEY ARE NOT CONNECTING
    ELECTRICITY TO MY HOUSES

    ITS TRUE THESE PEOPLE ARE THIEVES:CROOKS AND CORRUPT

    PLEASE FIRE THEM !! FIRE THEM !!
    SHIPIT !!

  17. Victor Jumbo says:

    Corruption of any nature wherther low or high is not acceptable in society. It should stop and keep on exposing corrupted personnel. Do secret video recordings to expose them and bring them to book. Corruption is retrogressive and it should be fought from all angles if we are to eradicate it.
    Victor Jumbo

  18. Maurina McClean says:

    My parents house in Mzimba they waited 2 years to get power but kept getting the same request for extra money in the pocket for expiditing power. The ended up paying MWK 150,000.00. Un believe able !!

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