Chakwera orders Energy Minister Matola to act on power blackouts

Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola is engaged in a meeting with Egenco and Escom on orders from President Dr Lazarus Chakwera over the power blackouts situation in the country. State House says in a statement that President Chakwera wanted the government to get to the bottom of the matter.

Chakwera in his office on Monday where he issued the order to Matola
Malawi is plunged into total darkness for weeks now in what some experts believe could be sabotage.
Matola told the media in Blantyre before the meeting with the two entities that his ministry has instituted an inquiry into the situation to establish if the challenges at hand are due to technical challenges or sabotage.
He said the inquiry will involve both Egenco and ESCOM and a report will be released to the public after getting to the root of the challenges facing the energy sector. Matola said the government will not tolerate any foul play in the energy sector as it is an economic driver.
Egenco management team and the ministry team have now gone into a closed meeting to discuss on the energy challenges. The team is expected to disclose their resolutions to the media soon after the closed meeting.
 Energy expert, Grain Malunga suspects internal sabotage at the two institutions.
Malawi lost 130 megawatts after the Kapichira Power Station shut down due to the devastation caused by Cyclone Ana. The power outages are becoming worse each passing day.
Power generation and power distribution experts from ESCOM and EGENCO were at Tedzani Power Station on Sunday investigating the cause of power systems failure after the country experienced another national blackout on Sunday morning, a fourth this year alone.

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