Concerned residents threaten to close down ESCOM Karonga office over mix-up

A group of Karonga residents say they have been irked by “dubious” overtures by some Electricity Supply  and Cooperation of Malawi (ESCOM) at the district’s office over certain administrative malpractices and have since threatened to close down the office by way of demolition.

Chitosi: Escom has not increased the price of electricity units

Among others, the concerned citizens have accused the administration of “secretly” hiking connection fees by 100 percent; which, according to their research, is not at par elsewhere in the country.

Leader of the group, Ambokire Msukwa,  has told Nyasa Times that ESCOM has raised the connection fee from K46 000 to K96 000, a development he said is not only “devilish” but also “not economically feasible considering the current economic trends.”

Apart from the “secretive” hike in the connection fee, Msukwa said, Karonga ESCOM office has also tampered with its system by “deliberately raising electricity units exorbitantly.”

Said Msukwa: “This is day-light robbery by government on its citizens, [and] they think we are going to be mum on this. Let ESCOM officials know that we are going to close its district office here. They need to explain to us and reverse their decision.

“If they don’t want us to access [their] electricity they should come in the open and tell us. Most of us here depend on subsistence farming and raising the fees is a huge stumbling block.”

He added: “We are heavily disheartened, and as concerned citizens we are going to hold protests on Thursday next week.”

But in a telephone interview response to Nyasa Times, ESCOM public relations officer, Innocent Chitosi, vehemently denied the allegations.

“We have not increased the price of electricity units as is being alleged. The last time the price was adjusted upwards was in 2018. There is no way anyone can raise the price secretly as there is a process, presided over by the regulator MERA, that involves open public consultations on any proposed raise,” said Chitosi.

According to Chitosi, capital contribution for new connection has been revised from K25,000 to K65,000 for single phase domestic use.

“This is tax exclusive. connection fee and inspection fee remain at K10,000 and K5,000, respectively. The total plus tax comes to K93,200 and not K96,000 as is being alleged. Kindly take note that ESCOM heavily subsidizes  connection of a new applicant at K93,200 as we spend an average of K281,000 to connect such an applicant,” he said.

But  Msukwa challenged ESCOM saying were ready to prove their allegations as they had evidence.

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National CEO
National CEO
10 months ago

Demolish the office and the people who switch off electricity will have no office to operate resulting in no blackouts.

mutharika
mutharika
10 months ago

your right jomicons amalawi tulo everyday zikunenedwa kuti ndalayi achoke koma antu makutu ndiosega palibe chilipo very stupid nyasalands people ndipo mukala muli osauka muonaso

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
10 months ago

Paja anaotchanso office ya DC. Anthu a ku karonga penapake ndi fans ya dull. Tonse tikanakhala choncho Malawi bwenzi Ali bwinja

yamikani chinganyama
yamikani chinganyama
10 months ago

High definition of Stupidity Mr msukwa… Closing down the office can’t make any positive impact on the matter, rather it will only make people in his area suffer.

Tell him to be smart in such matters

ipyana
ipyana
10 months ago

karonga is for ngonde people originated not tumbukas ife si amumalawi koma ndife ma Tanzania coz tili kufupi ndi Tz xo what’s ur problem hey mind ur business

Benjamin Kabinda Sakala
Benjamin Kabinda Sakala
10 months ago

They are thinking Tumbuka region,I will go to northern region now because they are together,Escom too much corruption

Top
Top
10 months ago

Demolish the building. That way you can have uninterrupted electricity supply. 😂😂😂😂

MASU
10 months ago

ANA A DAD 2084 Wooooh—”Atumbuka Ambwenu mbwenu sibweni ndi anzanu ovala masakawa mukunya heavy !!!

Malawian
Malawian
10 months ago
Reply to  MASU

Atumbuka is only people facing black and out Ku Malawi eti aaaah zaziiiih mtumbukatu sadalila Boma anaziwila kalekale munyanokha kumeneko ngati ndi adad anu mukufuna kukhaulisa akumpoto bwanji anachitsa akulu a escom magetsi atazima Ku Zomba mbuzi zopandanso ndi maso dzi alimi dzakumwela

Graham Zali
Graham Zali
10 months ago

Malawi is a graveyard

Mtete
Mtete
10 months ago

I appeal to Mr. Msukwa to get his facts right before making himself a fool and inconveniencing thousands of customers in the process. There is no way ESCOM can hike tariffs willynilly as there is a process to be followed before electricity price increases. If anything, he should blame government for taxing anything that moves. 16.5% of what you pay goes to account number one.

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