Chilima tells BICC management ‘do not lead us into temptations’ over power outage

Vice-President Saulos Chilima has expressed dismay with persistent power outages at the Bingu International Convention Centre (Bicc),  when various events are in session, branding it lack of seriousness.

The Vice-President called out the Bicc management in relation to a five-minute blackout that occurred as he graced the African Institute for Development Policy (Afidep) dinner Friday to commemorate 10 years of their existence.

In his address, Chilima said the Bicc is a facility which should be run professionally.

Said Chilima: “My message comes in two parts, firstly, do not lead us into temptation. Secondly, this is an international convention centre, if you don’t know how to manage an international convention centre, please go home and let others come and operate it.”

He added: “I have experienced blackouts in this auditorium while there is power in all other buildings around the facility, this means it’s not the normal load shading. In that view, it shows lack of seriousness, so the management can allow others to come and manage it if you have failed us, because it’s not on,” the visibly charged Chilima said.

Chilima, who is Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, is championing better service delivery to the citizenry from public institutions.

Umodzi Park general manager Ronuel Malikita apologised to the Vice-President for the mishap.

He said the power outage occurred because someone accidentally tampered with a power switch for the conference hall.

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AtuganireSA. an
AtuganireSA. an
3 months ago

Ndiye u Cadet wauchisiru tu umenewo…Kunali kwabwino ma Cadet nonseee mukanangopanda kubadwa. You are trashed by your identity. Ma rubbish!

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
3 months ago

These power black outs at such important venues remind me of the same at Kamuzu stadium usually on 6 July days.I can recall this happening about three times on three 6 July day with Kamuzu in attendance. No one was tired or arrested for such mishaps.

Benjones87
Benjones87
3 months ago

There is to much mess in escom. Government need to clean the mess. If this can happen to chilima who are we. We are having problems everyday in our houses and workplace because of escom power tripping.

Mdala
Mdala
3 months ago

Open your eyes and face it Mr. VP, in this government related company there are everywhere cadets employed, with neither a clue nor a qualification!
In general, the standards and expertise, especially in the technical and engineering sector are very poor! Examples are ESCOM, Waterboards, Road and housing contractors…
To become a industrialised nations with this kind of deficit is very difficult!
We can’t run a nation on lawyers and accountants!

KU Tro
KU Tro
3 months ago

Accidentally or deliberately?

wapayasa
wapayasa
3 months ago

The blackout has hallmarks of cadets at work.

Gwede Mantashe
Gwede Mantashe
3 months ago

Zokhazokha zaku Bingu Stadium zinamuonekela potsegulila msonkhano wa Seventh Day
SIZIMUTHELA UYU
Aja anali a DP

mtete
mtete
3 months ago

Chakwera and Chilima must know that there are so many forces working against the Tonse Alliance strategy. One incident of power disruption during VP presence may considered a problem but a repeat of the Incidence, with the VP again in attendance raises questions.
Bishop Mtumbuka has warned Chakwera and Chilima to be decisive when dealing with crooks and enemies of progress.

Kayamba ndiko chapita
3 months ago

Hahaha, someone tampered the switch accidentally?
Mr Malikita, be serious as a General manager, what accidentally tampering was that. It was planned, in order to humiliate the Vice President!

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
3 months ago

When you live cadets to continue managing strategic facilities like bicc what do you expect…..how can someone tamper with the electric switches, who was that someone and what role do they have at bicc, is that person employed by bicc, if not how and why did he or she find her way to the electric switches. If that person is an employee of bicc what was their motivation tampering with the switches when a conference was in process…..and has that person being relieved of his or her duties yet?

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