Escom busts power by-pass: Disconnects 36 households, 18 shops in Lumbadzi

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has embarked on a campaign to bust illegal connections, which are costing the sole power supplier revenue and on Monday exposed illegal connections at18  business places and 36  residential structures  in the peri-urban area of Limbadz in Longwe.

Chitosi: Escom bust illegal connections

The illegal electricity connections.

Escom officials disconnecting power

Escom made the discoveries during household-to-household checks meant to bust illegal connections in Lilongwe yesterday. The checks will be ongoing.

Accompanied by media and police personnel during their checks, Escom found out that illegal connections were done through old metres which are no longer in use.

A person suspected to be behind the illegal power connection was nabbed.

“What these people are doing puts the lives of our clients at risk and as ESCOM we don’t condone such behaviour,” Escom spokesman Innocent Chitosi said.

Commenting on the development, Lumbadzi Market chairperson Manyengo Gwireni said his committee was not aware of the malpractice, saying now that it has come to the surface,  they  will now be on the alert to ensure that such things should not be happening in his market.

Chitosi said just recently ESCOM busted the same syndicate in Kawale at Area 25 and Chinsapo.

Escom is said to be losing over K1 billion to illegal connections every month, mainly through power by-pass.

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Zabura
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Zabura

Look what at Magwero somebody with money has just started his project but within a year we saw the shifting of the poles and the new connectionn with alot of poles but poor Malawians are staying for two years hearing the news of poles now and again.

SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES
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SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES

IMENEYI NDI DEAL YA KUNO
KU ESCOM DALA SIMUTITHA !!

Dagobert
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Dagobert

I’m sorry to say ESCOM, it’s your own fault The service you give to us consumers is more then poor! Starting from power generation, less than 300 MW for less then 10% of our population, to failure in selling of prepaid kWh, because of system down sooo often, or failing to connect new customers, because of no meters… or just corruption….., stealing fuel for your generator…, I stop, its endless! This all contributes in the end to the fact that clever people, often your own staff take the advantage out of your negligence to make illegal money! If you would… Read more »

Febbie
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Febbie

No justification for theft….u

Febbie
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Febbie

I agree with you for your seemingly good views….but am sorry thou shall not steal.

Fam
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Fam

Nothing can ever justify stealing. We have a duty as the upright people to do the right things. Stealing is never someone’s fault except the thief himself.

Timve
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Timve

What difference does it make with these constant blackouts. Pitani muzikaba mafuta ama generator apa osati muzilimbana ndi zopanda nchere ngati zimenezo

Zabura
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Zabura

The problem is ESCOM in efficiency people applied for electricity long time ago but not connected yet.Some one year or two years but they paid connection fee.Unless Escom efficiency improved these malpractices will stop.

Terkin
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Terkin

They need to be prosecuted.This is pure theft..

Mbwiyembwiye
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Mbwiyembwiye

When were these connections made? Have they been paying and to who? If not been paying , for how long? Nanga wina akamati adzathetsa zimenezi, yekha? This needs collaborative efforts! Keep it up ESCOM

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