Escom goes to banks for K30bn loan as Malawi govt rebuffs bail out

State power utility company,  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)  has now gone to commercial banks to get a staggering K30 billion to pay out crucial outstanding debt after the government refused a K50 billion bail-out.

Chiwaya: Escom turns to bank, seeks K30 billion

Escom chief executive officer Alexion Chiwaya told the parliamentary Budget and Finance committee on Tuesday that the decision to get the bank loan was arrived at after the government refusal to bail out the power utility company.

“We are still talking to National Bank, Standard Bank, Ecobank, NBS and others on the loan and the interest they will charge us,” said Chiwaya.

He said Escom owes Electricity Generation Company (Egenco), Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority  (Mera) and Aglenco billions of money after the government decided to unbundle Escom.

“Actually, we posted a loss of K8.8 billion in the 2016/17 financial year because of the changes,” Chiwaya told the committee.

He said Escom would be paying K800, 000 every month for five years for the K30 billion bank loan.

“We desperately need the K30 billion to keep us afloat to continue providing electricity to people,” said Chiwaya.

Chiwaya said Escom uses K58 million in fuel for gen sets to power electricity at Chichiri in Mulanje, Lilongwe and Chinyama in Mulanje for just six hours.

This revelation comes at a time when Escom has lost 4, 000 litres of fuel for the gen sets through corruption and theft.

Vice chairman of the Budget and Finance committee John Chikalimba said the K30 billion will bring more financial chaos at Escom.

He said Escom should have asked for advice on the issue from the parliamentary committee.

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It is not just practical what is being said here! Giving a loan to porus pockets! Chineke

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Make Malawi Great

lol K30bn to give Dpp? escom and egenco needs reforms and an ACB officer on site

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Extending a R30b facility to Escom is probably one of the most careless exposure the banks can ever take as it clear that the customer is not creditworthy and therefore will default within a year. This will then the beginning of undermining our own big 4 financial Institutions and may collapse entire industry. The consumers on the hand will be forced to pay higher tariffs due to the incompetence and corruption within Escom ranks. The solution therefore is to appoint a competent board and executive and fire the current one or even file a criminal case against all of them.… Read more »

paul
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paul

ACB tip. investigate buy Malawi contracts known as BMC at Central medical stores Trust, they are stinking of corruption draining Malawis health budget

C Banda
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“This revelation comes at a time when Escom has lost 4, 000 litres of fuel for the gen sets through corruption and theft.”

4,000 litres is not even one tanker-load. Was it not published elsewhere that the loss was one million litres?

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M'Malawi

4 million litres according to latest estimates by those in the know

Nachipanti
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Nachipanti

There is so much dirt in ESCOM and they need to sweep the house. It is not true that they need this money. Its merely political. Someone wants to fund electoral campaigns ndithu. ESCOM should be an institution that should be able to feed this country because they collect alot of revenue which are not properly utilized. There are so many misprocurements and abuses. The management do not know how to set priorities. I wonder which bank would be able to grant them the facility they want, may be FDH Bank will do. ESCOM has demonstrated that it is a… Read more »

Aaron Mwala
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Aaron Mwala

How can someone run down a company the way he has and still have the job. He is borrowing from banks so he has money to give to his friends as stupid contracts. What is the matter with us fellow Malawians

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K800,000 for 5 years? 4,000 ltrs lost? Am i missing something?

Johane
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There’s no banker with half a brain that would lend any decent sum of money to a loss-making institution with non-existent corporte governance like ESCOM. The solution here is very obvious:
1 – ESCOM must be let go of corrupt government ownership. Privatise and list on stock exchange
2. -Electricity prices must be liberalised and increased.

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kaitano

Lazarus Chakwera munamutsutsa ukulankhula zimezo, lero ndizimenezi tsopano, ndipo uku mkuyamba chabe sizinati hahahahahahahaha!

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