Malawi power house to split: Minister assures Escom workers ‘no job cuts’

Minister of Energy Bright Msaka has moved in swiftly to assure thousands of workers at the state power utility company, Escom that no one will lose a job following the imminent restructuring programme.

Minister of Energy and mining Bright Msaka : No job cuts

Minister of Energy and mining Bright Msaka : No job cuts

Msaka said the restructuring of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) includes the splitting of the sole power utility into two, an electricity generation company and a power distribution company.

“We want to split it because other players in the power sector are coming in. Some companies are coming so that they could be buying the electricity and selling it to the people therefore we cannot have one company as is the case now which generates power and sells it because this will give unfair competition to the other companies,” he said.

He therefore said Kapichira and Tedzani hydro power houses and others that generate electricity will form one company whose name government will decide later and Escom will continue distributing and selling electricity which it will be buying from the new power generating firm.

Msaka said the restructuring process might start as early as May.

He therefore said every employee will be placed according to his or her skill.

Escom has been blamed for very poor services including rampant blackouts and the coming in of other distributing companies, experts say, will create competition and improve service delivery.

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8 thoughts on “Malawi power house to split: Minister assures Escom workers ‘no job cuts’”

  1. Priest says:

    finally!!!!!! lets kill escom

  2. ESCOM says:

    MOTO MOTO NDAGWIRIZANA NAYE KUMADIPATIMENTI ENA MABWANA AKUZUNZA MA JUNIORS AWO FOR EXAMPLE KU SECURITY KUMANGOGWIRITSA MA TEMPULARY BASI NDIKUMAYANKHULA MOTUMBWA KUTI MULIBE NTCHITO KOMA IYEYO ANTHU AKWAYANG’IRA NDI OMWEWO KUBA KUNGACHEPE MULUNGU CHONDE CHONDE MUNTHU AMENEYU MUMULANGE YEKHAYEKHA AMAFUNA ADZIDYA BWINO KOMA PASAPEZEKE WA KU DIPATIMENTI YAKE AKUSUSA BWINO NDE KUTI AYAMBA KUKUSAKA

  3. Pyola says:

    You have brought competitors to ESCOM. The end result is that ESCOM will collapse. They are not used to competition. This is what happened to MTL. They haven’t stood the heat of competition in the telecommunication Sector and I don’t see ESCOM surviving in a similar manner.

  4. Vendor wankulu says:

    Dismiss the foolish people, they take the whole day to fix a pole. All they do is give each other owders to buy cut outs basi, fools

  5. Ganimunthu says:

    Why rushing to do this before parliament endorses it. This is a government company and you cant just bring your own thinking please find out first .

  6. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Expect lay offs, for sure. And that is NOT good, but considering how the bosses at ESCOM have NOT been able to advance the interests of consumers, some heads (at ESCOM) should roll. Big time.
    Many things are wrong at ESCOM. The big one being corruption at all levels, including even seeking bribery just to complete the power connection to a house. And residents even wait for this service for two years! Aaaaaaa. Moreover, connection is no relief because blackouts, rolling or not, then follow automatically, as a standard function of the utility.
    …. and, why does ESCOM accept payment for power connection, when they know very well they have not the equipment to complete the job?
    There is much wrong there that if it was private industry, many of the managers would have been shown the door a long time ago. APM is actually doing a disservice to consumers when he accepts Shire River conditions for everything wrong at the utility.
    Some of the ESCOM employees should join the new outfits. Then they will really see what real work is. And, we’ll see how long some of them will last there.
    Kuzolowela ulesi panchito (dog f…..ing!) The new companies will not tolerate that even a bit!

  7. Kamwela says:

    Govt is misled by the IMF/World Bank. Tariifs will no it go down, they will increase. Remember the companies that are
    come in what to make a profit. So what is government doing?

  8. MOTO MOTO says:

    A Msaka chonde tikupempheni musakondere pogawanso ntchitoyi chifukwa ma bwana ena akunzunza anzawo ku ma department chifukwa chokhalitsa, chonde achotseni muwapatse kwina, tikunzunzika ndi nkhaza zomwe anthu amenewa akutichitira.
    Komanso musalolewa mabwana amene akhalitsa kukuwuzani magawidwe a ntchito, monga mmene mudatumira anthu anu aja akhale omwewo ogawa pokhala coz saona nkhope koma kuchita chilungo

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