Minister of Energy and Mining, on behalf of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Thursday apologized to all customers of the energy entity that were let down due to the institution’s poor services delivery.
Chilumpha made the apology when he answered a supplementary question from MP for Rumphi North, Tasokwa Msiska.
“I would like to know what is wrong with ESCOM. A lot of customers have paid for transformers and extension of lines but nothing has been done. I have in mind Nkhomboni CDSS in my constituency which paid for extension of lines in 2009 and the distance is only 400 meters from the pole.
“How can ESCOM fail to address this simple issue? Where else should we go for assistance? Can the minister explain what is wrong with ESCOM?” asked Msiska.
In his response, Chilumpha apologized to all ESCOM customers and promised that he will do everything possible to resolve the issue.
“Let me apologize to all customers that have paid money to ESCOM but nothing has been done. Some customers paid some years ago and have been waiting ever since. I ask the customers to accept the apology. ESCOM has serious problems because the institution was under collecting,” said Chilumpha.
Meanwhile, on a different note, the house has resolved to amend the name of HIV/AIDS Committee to Committee on HIV, AIDS and Nutrition.
In his presentation, Chairperson of the committee Rabson Shawa said the amendment will enable the house discuss issues of nutrition together with HIV and AIDS.
MP for Nkhatabay West, Grace Chiumia in her contribution said “people have a lot of food but they don’t know how to prepare the food. Government needs to sensitize people living with the virus on how they can make their food nutritious” she said.