Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe is facing unprecedented power cuts just two days after Escom officials told industry captains to brace for load shedding in industrial areas for the first time.
Most of businesses and activities are very much affected, raising fears that this would scare away serious international investors, putting the already ailing economy in a tight corner.
Escom’s Ngwire Mwenifumbo blamed the massive power cuts to low water levels in Shire river.
He advised industries not in production to shut down their machines in order to save power.
“We are pleased that most tobacco industries are now off season and this will help us save electricity. We are doing all we can to make sure that power is available,” he said.
The massive loading shedding comes at a time when President Peter Mutharika says his government now encourages investment following the decision by donors to withdraw the budgetary support.
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