Matola blasts Malawi govt over power blackouts

Former minister of energy, Ibrahim Matola who has just returned from a three day Power and Electricity World Africa conference 2016  in South Africa, has expressed disappointment that Malawi has quickly become home to blackouts due to government failure to implement the laid down plans which People’s Party (PP) government put in place.

Matola:   We need to end power outages

Matola: We need to end power outages

Speaking to reporter, Matola who is also PP secretary general,  said conference in South Africa has fully adopted all the interventions which he believes that they could totally wipe out power outage in the country.

“During the conference countries agreed to help in providing power to their citizens uninterruptedly,” said Matola.

Matola said during the Joyce Banda administration ministry of energy provided electricity to 121 trading centres.

He said the idea was to reduce immigration of people from villages into towns.

“Electricity brings development and youths find employment within their villages,” said Matola.

During the conference, Matola challenged African countries to embrace Mini Hydro Projects like in Malawi .

“I have told the conference that Malawi has plans of establishing Chazombo, Mpatamanga, Bongozi and Kholombizo which could generate 140 – 280 Megawatts.”

Matola also advised nations to diversify energy source by also tapping in solar, biomass, and geothermal source of energy.

Back in Malawi, Matola advised the government to follow the Electricity connector project which aims at increasing energy in order to attract investors.

Power maintenance programmes

Meanwhile,  Malawians expect a dark Easter weekend as power maintenance programmes have been scheduled to take place over the public holidays.

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has announced that from 24 to 28 March 2016, maintenance work will be carried out at Nkula, Kapichira, and Wovwe hydropower stations.

“ESCOM will shut down Nkula A and B Power Stations and lower the headpond from 10pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 to 6pm on Saturday 26 March 2016 for ESCOM to undertake planned maintenance works on intake structures, machines underwater parts and auxiliary equipment,” the company disclosed in a statement.

According to ESCOM the maintenance works will be conducted to strengthen efforts of enhancing “the reliability of the electricity generation system.”

The company further stated that the shutdown of Nkula A and B power stations will have a negative impact on  electricity generation reducing it by 124MW, thus requiring countrywide power rationing (load shedding).

“Furthermore, the lowering of the Nkula intake headpond will affect pumping of raw water by Blantyre Water Board (BWB) at the Walkers Ferry intake pond and result in low pressure or no water in some areas within Blantyre City and surrounding areas,” the company said.

Wovwe power station will be shut down from 7am to 5pm each day from 25 March to 27 March 2016 to allow for preventive maintenance and to dredge the intake pond, the company added.

Meanwhile, Kapichira power station will be shut down only from 27 to 28 March from 5am to 6pm, for scouring of the intake reservoir and inspection of the dam wall embankments.

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9 thoughts on “Matola blasts Malawi govt over power blackouts”

  1. magawagawa says:

    Matola waiwala kuti boma la P.P. ataba, ma official a ku ESCOM anaotcha ma computer, nkhani imeneyi iwo a Matola anaikhalila mpaka lero kuli ziii!. akhale chete, pankhani yamagetsi iwowo anatibetsela ndalama zogulila equipment.

  2. Kokota says:

    KAPOLO IWE MATOLA KODI SIMUNABA NDALAMA KU ESCOM MWAGULA MAKINA A FEGI AKUKAPICHIRA LERO MWATEMBENUKA KUTUKWANA BOMA MUTAWONA KUTI ZIVUTA MWAMUUZA CONTROLLER WA SECURITY KU ESCOM WAWOTCHA ESCOM HOUSE ANTHU OTEMBEREREDWA INU MULUNGU AKULANGANI CHIMENE JOISI JEZEBEL BANDA SAKUBWERA KUNO NDI CHANI AGALU

  3. Dumela says:

    Dpp osamaopseza anthu ndi cash gate yet ndinu ma implementers a cashgate. Ngati pp inansiya maplan abwino kuboma / escom sikuti inu called professors mutchipa because what they left is what malawians paid the then government for. In this case, whether is idea or asset its not for you the employees of malawians called Dpp government its for malawians. Malawians wakeup and show the current and future ruling party that , starting with the president and his cabinet members that Malawi its for the common / pple who are out of the government., pple who voted and oposition members, that are our workers and have respect our good plans and take care of our assets that the old employees planned or bought. Otherwise Malawi will a centre of making mapwevupwevu dinners for their employees yet our owners are everyday eating kapenta.
    Shame on you abale.

  4. Nagama says:

    Nothing can be done in this failed nation. What they know is accumulation of wealth forgetting that tomorrow ndi Maliro.

  5. The Prophet says:

    If we can all recall the PP had plans to have a number of well experienced people to look at the good and bad things done in all the regime we have had and take on board all which was viable with an aim of improving the livingstandard of all Malawians. Is it not possible for the government to make use of such plans? Should the govt wait for a class to be taught such things? If those in power can humble themselves and listen to advices from others definitely Malawi can turn into a better place to live. The fact of changing all the ideologies by the past governments even though they were of great importance has left us in a total mess. Listen from others!!!!!!! The more u offer a deaf ear the more the chances run away of winning the next race. Kamuuzganga ni fwiti cha fwiti ni tilinganenge.

  6. Manuel says:

    Matola shuldn’t take peoples ignorance for political advantage. The fact that these were realised during PP era doesn’t mean that these were their projects. The fact is the mess we are in results frm corrupt procurent of fake equipment and like contractors(esp. Indians linked to PP) that only messed up the good plans that Bingu had.

  7. The Analyst says:

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    Arrogance, unpatriotism on the part of authorities is killing Malawi . . .
    . . . You see, if the opposite was true, the DPP or govt officials would call on Matola and ask what he did or the button he pressed during JB’s era for blackouts to be minimised that significantly.
    . . . But fear of being looked at as being incompetent (even when its an open secret that they are), is all thats keeping the govt from asking Matola. In their narrowness of mind, it is better to keep having blackouts and scary away investors, than humble themselves and sk for help from Matola or whoever. Very unpatriotic!
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    This said . . .
    . . . It is equally unpatriotic for Matola to wait for the DPP officials to call on, and perhaps plead with him on how he and JB managed to minimise power outage in Malawi.
    . . .Otherwise, no matter how ugly a man’s heart or face may be; if you Matola had made yourself visible or told these guys how you did it, I dont think they would refuse to take your advice on board and implement it.
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    . . . It just saddens us all, to see those who-know-how-but-have-no-power like you Matola, play game of thrones with those who-dont-know-how-but-have-power; coz the ultimate sufferers are the common citizens (whose areas are the first to be considered for loadshedding), and the economy as a whole (which can’t attract foreign investments with its unreliable power supply).

    Politics stinks!
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  8. Mbuya says:

    But ve previous govt cashgate

  9. Chama Cha Mapinduzi says:

    I should expect the Government to implementing these plans for the benefit of the nation even if they were initially laid out by the previous Government of PP. There is nothing wrong in doing that considering the continued outage of electricity and blackouts Malawi experiences this minute almost daily in the country

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