Kapito blasts BWB over water outage: ‘They lack common sense’

The country’s consumer and human rights activist, John Kapito has taken a swipe at Blantyre Water Board (BWB) for its inefficiency in improving water scarcity which has reached critical situation in the residential areas and surrounding townships of Blantyre.

Kapito:  They have to provide good service

Kapito: They have to provide good service

People especially women are walking long distances in search for water and most of them have resorted to unprotected sources, and some are relying on boreholes that are rarely found in the city.

Kapito who is also Executive Director for the country’s consumer watchdog the Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) said BWB lacked common sense and does not consider effects of such water scarcity.

“Cama has been shocked with the continued scarcity of water in most parts of Blantyre and where such shortages and scarcity of water has also hit the most critical sectors such as Hospitals, Schools, the hospitality industry and domestic consumers,” said Kapito.

The outspoken human rights activist, who was weeks ago appointed board chairperson for Southern Region Water Board, could not mince words but to lambast BWB for failing to deliver better service to its customers.

“It is unbelievable that such an institution like Blantyre Water Board would fail to have little understanding of common sense on the effects that various institutions and individuals would experience if they cannot get water for long periods; it is shocking for us to start educating Blantyre Water Board how important water is to the many residents of Blantyre,” said Kapito.

He added: “It is unbelievable in this age and time for a provider of a strategic consumer product like water would take a holiday and abandon its responsibilities and be  insensitive to the many people it serves within the city.”

Kapito was baffled that BWB could not listen to advice and was failing to have alternative strategies in place to deal with such critical scenarios.

“We have been advising them over and over several times that whenever they have technical challenges to supply water they must make sure that they have an alternative strategy to continue supplying water to consumers and this is common sense ,they should always hire bowsers and ensure that the communities are not denied access to water.”

There are fears that if the critical water shortage is not addressed on time might result into outbreak of water-related diseases with Kapito wondering how communities would deal with such situation if there is no water.

He has since warned BWB the consumers would take the law in their own hands and get the much needed water if the Board won’t restore water or provide Bowsers immediately.

Blantyre Water Board has since apologised for water outages with its public affairs officer Priscilla Mateyu attributing the problem to a burst main supply pipe from Walker’s Ferry near Makata Industrial Area.

Mateyu said the fault was fixed by 2pm on Thursday and that supply had been restored to over half of the city as the residence experience almost five days now without running water.

The problem of water scarcity has affected business in the commercial city including clinical operations at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH), one of Malawi’s referral hospitals, which suspended surgical operations due to dry taps.

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34 thoughts on “Kapito blasts BWB over water outage: ‘They lack common sense’”

  1. Jarsn Phiko says:

    You know what fellows, we Malawians are very foolish, insensitive and dormant animals. Even dogs will react to anything that they feel is not right, but look at us we keep looking at pain and think that SCOS will talk for us. Water has been a big issue missing in our communities, and yet we are living our lives normally. These water Board gurus believe that even if we do not have water, we cant do anything, we can use our mikodzo to bath and cook. How can even the hospital have no water? I hear linen was being taken to Thyolo for washing. How do we keep Patients in hospitals like this. Even the President is busy showcasing his riches to Journalists with 50.000 kwachas and yet he can not intervene in these other critical matters. What kind of leader is this who does not monitor the events like this one that touches on people’s lives.

    They are busy drinking beer and womanizing, while we run around looking for water in zithaphwi. Wait and see the bills that will come these two months, you wont believe your eyes. Malawians are dead people, and this is why everybody takes us for granted, right from the Presidency, to other so called chief Executives of Parastatals. Malawians, let us jack-up. Let us demonstrate if things are not going the right direction and if these so called big people dont do thing the right way let us make think like people. This is very abnormal attitude of human things. Do they realy have any space of human character in their minds? I wonder really. Let us all join CAMA, so that this noncense stops for good.

  2. Bakuwa says:

    Amalawi aku blantyre chonde ndipatseni mpata ndione kuti nditani,as you all know munthune am not an engineer nde zikundivutabe pang’ono.
    Ndiyesetsa kumfusa nzeru Thawe kuti andithandize kuti mwina madzi azituluka ngati the past 9monthx.
    Chonde ndapota nanu mabwana ndi madona tisalozane dzala

    1. Jarsn Phiko says:

      CAMA please publicise this action everywhere, do not keep it to yourselves in the office. If it fails, these Bosses will not take us seriously. It is not Kapito talking, we must show our concern and anger at this foolish water shortage.

  3. James Pondani says:

    This country is called ” nyasaland “. Land in the lake. We have clean safe water surrounding us and yet we suffer from lack of water. It’s ridiculous for BWB to tell BT residents that the tanks are dry. BWB management is very irresponsible, the Malawi government is very irresponsible. Over the years there has been the drought relief levy for every litre of fuel one purchases from the filing station, Where does it go if not to help BWB in their development. Shire River and the Lake both close to Blantyre.
    It’s pure lack of commitment on the BWB and the Malawi Government.
    This water project can be sold to the corporate world as well as donor partners to help us out of water woes.

  4. Keen Follower says:

    Only distributing water is a big problem for them what if it was manufacturing water!!!!
    Please Government come in . This is too much

  5. syamboza says:

    Im a well qualified HRM with exprience from reputable org. I applied for the HRM job recently released by the BWB. No answer todate, no wonder anthuwa akungoitanilana mnthumba and results……….poor services delivery because………………no qualified personnel are allowed to do what they learn from colleges. what is water free water from shire that can take 10 graduate not finding the solution. abale this i 2014. islael gets its water from med.sea salt water but no intruptions nde ife free shire in Blantyre free lake mpaka kumatibela ena ataona kuti tili phwiiiii please let PAC shortlist all applicats for the BWB invite intervieews and recruit.

  6. Tingo says:

    NDALAMA ZOKHONZERA MADZI ZAPITA KU MULAKHO WA ALOMWE !!! MUSAWAPASE MADZI MSANGA AFINYE AMENEWO AKHAURE SHUPIT !!!

  7. Mankhwala says:

    Well done Kapito. Now the onus is on government. What you expect from the parastatal where the CEO fires well qualified people willingly (without genuine reasons)? What do you expect from the organisation whose CEO is dull and is not innovative at all? What do you expect from the organisation whose CEO does not like well educated guys for fear of unknown? What do you expect from the organisation where the CEO is busy stealing from it? What do you expect from the organisation where the whole Chief Accountant (chatered accountant for that matter) was reduced to a Stores Officer? What do you expect from the organisation where the Human Resource and Administration Manager was reduced to Planning and Business Development Officer( mismatch of the guy’s qualification and post)? What do you expect from an organisation where qualified plumbers are reduced to mere labourers? What do you expect from organisation where the Internal Audit Manager is not a qualified accountant? But because she is the MG2 of Andrew Thawe. What do you expect from the organisation who board members were licking the boots of Thawe? These are the works of the embattled CEO Andrew Thawe. I am not surprised this happening because the organisation is run as if it his individual farm.

  8. Diso says:

    Ife tikumva kuti Thaweyo akumaudza anthu kuti ngakhale amabadi Ku Blantyre Water Board bola la DPP palibe lingamupange chifukwa amaliberanso ndalama zoti chipani chigwiritse ntchito. Ok ife tizivutika ndi madzi. Muzafa imfa yowawa ndi Thawe wanuyo

  9. winubi says:

    All these trush is happening because of the government failing to discipline Andrew Thawe. The guy has stolen alot from BWB and now they are busy investigating him. What are you investigating when the case is clear. APM if you are failing to,discipline the BWB boss whoelse are you going to discipline? What precedence are you setting to the CEOs of parastatals? People are whistle blowing but it seems your government is passive. Do you expect corruption to come to an end in Malawi? Or you are just paying lip service. BWB bosses are just busy sleeping around with peoples wives. Ask Ruth Thindwa if at all I am lying. She doesn’t have qualifications to be Internal Audit Manager but because she sleeps with Andrew Thawe hence the position. Some people who could assist BWB to perform were fired for no proper reasons just because they wanted to satisfy their egos. Do you what it means to have no water for more than three weeks.? Can we improve as a country with these water interruptions? Do you how much is it going to cost a country economically? How much have manufacturing companies lost by having no water? How much is the government going to spend on medicine to treat water borne diseases as people in Blantyre are resulting to alternative unsafe water sources.? Can government tell the country what BWB did with the money from World Bank and EIB? Thawe had been promising the residents of Blantyre that come 2013 water intermittent water supply in Blantyre would be the thing of the past. We will soon be in 2015, where is the improvement? Was Thawe being appraised as CEO of BWB? On what basis did the government of Malawi renewed his contract after the expiry of first contract? Government do you think you are giving the residents of Blantyre raw deal? I fail to understand why do we let dunderheads like of the Andrew Thawe to be at the helm of these very important service providers. Do you we really have capable men and women who can run this organization? I know there are some people who left BWB because of this useless and dull Andrew Thawe who are doing very well somewhere else. Government of Malawi can’t you head hunt these guys and bring them back to run this organization.

  10. chakwanuleka says:

    Everything rises and falls on leadership. APM has failed this country. There was a time in this country a leader would call a CEO of a parastatal to give a directive and things would happen. Not mbuzi tiri nazozi.

  11. fkr says:

    Just fire the boss

  12. Kanyeramboma says:

    Kodi a Kapito anavomeradi u Board Zchair wa Southern a Region Water Board?? Ndiye za chambatu

    1. finye says:

      musalire. munavotera nokha

  13. Counsellor says:

    BWB is a classical case of a statutory organisation in Malawi. They have no Plan B, or do they have wise heads to lead the organisation. All I see are big dunderheads, koma mkati mulibe kanthu. If one pipe can break and keep Blantyre without water for 5 days, what stops this pipe breaking at some other point. I believe your infrastructure is rotten anyway. What we need are alternative sources of water for blantyre and duplicate failsafe delivery systems to deliver that water to customers.

  14. mbwenumbwenu says:

    THATS WHY BWB IS NOT PERFORMING, HA. MA RELATIONSHIPS POSE-POSE.
    BOSSES KUMANYENGANA NDI MA CLEANERS, KAPITO INFLUENCE FOR RE-SHUFFLE FROM DECEMBER 1ST, OTHERWISE THOSE WHO DO THAT WILL SEE,
    BLANTYRE SHOUD NOT SUFFER ON THE EXPENSE OF THESE RUBBISH BOSSES

  15. mangochi kabwafu says:

    Malawi, ki ki ki ki

  16. mabvuto says:

    A Kapito please tilankhurirenikonso za ma bill a ku Central Region kuno zafika pa umbava tsopano

  17. Mr.Bambo says:

    BWB what is wrong with Limbe being dry for over 3 months now?Plz tell us we need to know otherwise all Limbe and the sorrounding areas will be mobilised into marching and camping at your offices very soon.

  18. irynmfune says:

    BWB needs competitors. Bangwe res has been without water since sept .
    Govt do something.

  19. Maliseni says:

    I wish if Kapito was the Board Chair of BWB, he could have ordered working of staff around the clock and could not have allowed officers to be on holiday. He could have managed the secretariat as well.

  20. Mpumuntha Viskuli says:

    Mmbuyo muja unkati chilichonse Joice Joice, pano sukunena za Pitalal bwanji? mbuzi ya mano kunsi iwe!

  21. Kugonana basi ku water board says:

    What Blantyre water board bosses know are to employ women through carpet interviews and screw them in offices and lodges. Tikuululan agalu inu, mwaonjeza uchitsilu with your idiot bwampini President who can not control you dogs

  22. Mr Ibu says:

    This guy is just faking. Busy chewing a blue scone.

  23. KAPITO CARRY ON, DO THE SAME TO GVT AND OTHER SECTORS

  24. waterman says:

    all these people know is turning the once institution with integrity to a brothel. There are so many work relationships here at Blantyre Water Board between senior staff members and junior workers. for Instance Andrew Thawe the suspended Chief Executive has bonked Ruth Thindwa , Try chibwana, Aggie Banda (now she has left), Christina Njolwa, Walu Ng’ambi(now she is no more here) Aggie Phiri, Maggie some secretary who was promoted to do some other duties, and numerous cleaners. Do you expect a parastatal to perform if the top boss is behaving this way?

  25. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    It seems Kapito is being harsh in his criticism. NO! he’s right on the button.
    What is it that BWB do not understand about H2O being one of the essentials of life? One needs not to have gone to university to know this basic fact.
    The government should just replace the people who cannot deliver desired results of the organization. What positive outcomes can BWB point to as being achieved lately? How do these people measure their successes and failures, anyway? It behooves me if they even think they are at all accountable! Good managers would not sleep well knowing that they are not delivering such an essential service. Are there any good managers left in BWB?

  26. Vyapasi says:

    Chitukuko ku Malawi! So many problems within this tiny country. Where does one start from tackling these preventable challenges.
    Imagine that political parties are busy stealing money to fund campaigns and do nothing about basic services. Some of the money is stolen from same institutions that are failing to function. Interestingly some of these institutions have the liberty to donate huge sums of money to presidential trusts or causes.
    Oh my God!! The whole thing sucks!! Shoooo!

  27. big thought says:

    It is indeed shocking to have big heads at BWB to be schooled on what to do when they are stealing huge sums of money on charges, disconnections.

    They also disconnect water when a poor person fails to pay even a balance of three thousand kwacha when they fail to meet demand, what a shame. Consumers should also deal with BWB if they are failing to deliver as is the case now. Thumb up Kapito !. Other commentators accusied the NGO’s bosses for being appointed into the boards of gvt institutions fearing that they would not be delivering. But it has worked to the contrary, you see now what Kapito is doing with his own Institution BWB ?. Keep it up Kapito-deal with them to the fullest and they should stop overcharging poor Malawians by reversing their water prices because those benefiting are Malawians not foreigners.

  28. chigwankumbira says:

    But how can they say they restored water supply when townships of kachere and mapanga its now three weeks without water?

  29. Talibo says:

    Mgwirani ntchito Obaba

  30. SOTHINI says:

    BEING SOLE PROVIDERS THE WHOLE COUNTRY, EVEN OTHERS AS ESCOM, CHECK OUT THEI.R SERVICES, VERY POOR, TARIFFS RAISING AT WILL, WHILE SUPPLY SO ELATIC, TRY TO SIT DOWN WITH THEM, THEY DONT CARE.
    50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE, CAN WE BE TORCHURED LIKE THIS. THESE ARE ESSENTIALS, BUT THE WHOLE MANAGEMENT WHO HAVE A MISSION, HAS STOPPED TO UPHOLD… WHAT IS THIS.
    SOME RICH PEOPLE IF GIVEN RIGHTS TO BE COMPETITORS, CAN COME UP, OSATI WA MUNKHWERI AWA.
    BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES

  31. Biliati Phodogoma says:

    Good job kapito keep the pressure on!!!

  32. Pido says:

    Peter Amadya Momo Sangawachotse Ntchito

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