Malawians will break from persistent power blackouts that have rocked the country for more than a week now from next Sunday, Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM) has said.
ESCOM announced Wednesday – during a tour of journalists to one of its generation plants at Kapichira Falls in Chikhwawa – amidst threats from a group calling itself concerned consumers of ESCOM led by human rights activist Billy Mayaya to demonstrate against the deplorable delivery of services by Malawi’s lone electricity provider.
Director of Generation at ESCOM Evans Msiska it was “not possible for them to upgrade their system at Kapichira Falls without disconnections.”
Apparently, ESCOM – with help from the Chinese government – has almost doubled its generation of power from 64 to 124 MW.
“From Sunday next week things will be much better,” said Msiska.
Reacting to the development, a member of the Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA), Noel Kaponya said “for a long time they [ESCOM] have failed to deliver.
“We hope things will really change for the better,” said Kaponya.
The erratic supply and shortage of electricity in Malawi is one the greatest constraints to doing business in the country.