Chakwera rebukes 68% ‘blackout’ hike by Escom

Leader of opposition in parliament Lazarus Chakwera says the 68 per cent electricity tariff hike is to pay for inefficiencies at the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and asked the government to halt it.

Chakwera: This is just Escom ploy to cover up its inefficiencies

Chakwera, who is also the president of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) says the tariff hike would harm ordinary Malawians than do any good to them.

“This is just Escom ploy to cover up its inefficiencies…the hike will add misery to Malawians. Things will not improve at Escom even after the tariff hike,” said Chakwera.

Escom is holding public meetings to solicit views on the proposed tariff hike which will see the power utility company hike 53 per cent as soon as the consultations are over.

“Not long ago, Escom raised the tariffs but nothing has changed, we are still in darkness. This is something Escom should be ashamed of,” he said.

Chakwera said the tariff hike is one way of getting back K3.8 billion stolen through fuel for generators at Escom.

Malawi Confederation of Chambers and Industry Chancellor Kaferapanjira said reasons advanced by Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) for the tariff hike was senseless.

He said Escom wants the tariff hike because power providers from the private sector want to raise their tariffs to Escom by 50 per cent, Escom wants to raise salaries of staff by a very big margin and they want to settle bad debts by the government.

“The tariff hike would trigger increase in goods and services across the country. It is sad that this hike is also coming at a time when Escom is failing to provide power to the people and the corporate world, when companies are relying on gen sets to provide power,” said Kaferapanjira.

He said it is not ethical and moral to raise the tariffs in order to pay for the inefficiencies at Escom.

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BigMan
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BigMan

There is something uninspiring about this American chap Chakwera. Low energy perhaps? Is there a hidden health issue?

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

If Chakwera calls a ‘spade by its name’ (for e.g. Prince of THIEVES) mukuti munthu ololata, osalemekedza a president. He opts to take a low drive with respectable approach mukutinso walakwa.
Get to the point, ma tariff atipweteka awa, koma ndalama zingobedwa???? That’s the main issue, osati zodwalazo. Ndani samadwala? Ena amanyoza anzawo kuti amamwa ma pilisi……. koma nawonso ma ‘bawuti’ atamatsuka koma kulira ngati mwana, aliyense awamvere chisoni!
Stick to the point dude!!!
SHAME!!!

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

@BigMan
Astute observation on oChakwera. Disheartening to see the man go down the slope of relevance, as his arguments become meaningless, and often redundant as they have already been made by many others. And, he has already given the store to the Mias. Asa.
About, his health status: you may be right. As a man of the collar, oChakwera should really come out, and just tell us what it is; even though it’s a private matter because he’s a public figure. MCP supporters, go tell your man!

Phiri
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ESCOM HAS TO REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MANAGERS.
IT’S NO USE TO HAVE SUCH A BIG MANAGEMENT TEAM JUST TO MANAGE BLACKOUTS

Malemba Folo
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Malemba Folo

Winston msowoya you really are disgusting and stupid. The crap you wrote just shows how sick minded and inept you are. What has escom tarrif hike to do with quota system. And did Chakwera introduce quota system in Malawi you fool. And come to think of it if SKC was given the opportunity to stand for DPP would he have said anything about quota system. You are useless fool and an idiot. Stick to the subject at hand mr dunderhead

donald
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donald

They will meet fellow pumbwas to approve those prices

SKC
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SKC

Join the discussion…Winston Msowoya, you’re a coward, don’t take things personal, first love your country before you love any party or an individual in the party.You forget that Chilima and Munthalika during 2014 campaign they were promising to end Quota? Where were you by that time? I feel sorry that your brain is full of rotten zipwete, IDIOT

winston msowoya
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Where were you bloody god-follower to rebuke QUOTA SYSTEM which was only imposed to the Northerners? And where were you when TRIBALISM WAS AT ITS PEAK against the Northerners? Now you have seen that the peoples’ leader Chilima,has bitterly condemned the devastating CHEWA quota system.Chakwera,you are late you fool,you have erred GOD the creator and the same GOD will judge you comes 2019.You made R.Msowoya leave your CHEWA-DOMINATED MCP,where are you now? You run away from GOD,and it is time for GOD to run away from you Satan.Banda did that to Northerners,where is he now? Chakwera,abandoning GOD FOR THE SAKE… Read more »

Adansonia digitata
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Adansonia digitata

Msowoya has no value, he had to plead with people to listen to him as he spoke in Mzuzu. MCP is not about Msowoya, Let us see if he is going to have any impact in UTM

SKC
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SKC

Join the discussion…2019 MCP BOMA

Kanganiwamba
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Kanganiwamba

Bravo Chakwera for standing with the citizens not nthumbidwa zinazi just wanting power without sacrificing for the people. We are with you Lazaro not Saulo the traitor.

George
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Dr. Chakwera has people’s heart on his heart

Similandu
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Similandu

Our nation is writhing tears are flowing her breast ethnic or tribal lines be erased was the call before 1994 the Ayao had a field day in raiding the national coffers then came 2004 with change of guard the Lhomwe gangster number one built ndata palace and celebrated it with July 20 in 2011 his purse was account number one he died the wealthiest Malawian ever. Had the Interpol warrant of arrest landed on JB we could’ve linked her to cashgate now the DPP government is busy repaying the Pioneer Investment one can’t ignore their intention to clear the name… Read more »

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