Escom staff up against  further company break up

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)  employees on Monday held protests in Blantyre against the decision by government to further break up the State-owned utility company in an unbundling exercise that will remove the business unit from the company.

Escom management 

The employees moved around the commercial city in Escom vehicles, chanting and protesting vehemently against the decision.

Between 2016 and 2017, government unbundled Escom after the generation function was moved to Egenco following the establishment of the power generation company.

But Esom Staff Union general secretary, William Mnyamula, said the unbundling of Escom further will increase the electricity costs and the consumer will bear the costs.

He said before the unbundling of Escom, the K1,000 that was buying 17.5 units of electricity before the unbundling, the same K1,000 now buys 12 units only after the unbundling,” he said.

“What will happen is that the curving out will make electricity expensive. As a business entity, Escom will need tariffs to go up.

The moment tariffs go up, the result will be that electricity will be very expensive and unaffordable,” he said.

But Energy minister Newton Kambala said the move to further unbundle Escom will bring in efficiency and effectiveness in Escom operations.

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Sebbi
Sebbi
8 months ago

The explanation of Kambala means that he is against the poorer idea of Mnyamula.It is now 10 years passed and why did William not advise the public accordingly?

Bhc
Bhc
8 months ago

Tamakangomangani ma wire a magetsi nkuimika ma polo a magetsi inu.
Mwayamba liti kuganiza inu zoti mungaone kutsogoloku kwa escom 10yrs from now
Ngati mwatopa itayeni..zipitani musatitayutsepo nthawi apa.

Jah
Jah
8 months ago

Tonse boma!!!!!! Skc sanganve izi khalani cheteee

Kasim
Kasim
8 months ago

The decision to establish a single buyer as a different entity from escom is ill conceived. Even the act that established egenco did not subscribe to that. Whatever decision that made for government to establish a different company will only exacerbate high overhead costs. Because this company will not be making its own money. Reports are abound that the fellas there have given themselves far salaries yet are a subvented institution. Please government listen on this one. Escom may be an errant child but establishing another company that will be draining resources from government is not a good idea. Please… Read more »

Jah
Jah
8 months ago
Reply to  Kasim

Leave DPP alone and concentrate on running government business

mtete
mtete
8 months ago
Reply to  Kasim

You cannot concentrate on putting ESCOM on right track without reference to the DPP led government which derailed the organisation through corruption and appointment of inefficient sympathisers in every department, just as is literally the case with every government ministry and department.
ESCOM has been over raped and will take a long time to heal and bringing in more woes won’t help this healing process.

Mdala
Mdala
8 months ago

Escom, to many selfish people in the same boat, unable to administer themself for the common good!
They steal soo much together with their political overhead, that they fail to pay their daughter company Enengco.
This leads to a poor distribution network, hardly maintained, frequent power outages and a big damage to the economy and community as a whole!
Indeed this company needs to be controlled!

Mpakateni
8 months ago

Kambala you need an Economist to advise on the consequences of your move. It is extremely dangerous.

Kanjedza
Kanjedza
8 months ago

ESCOM staff going around in ESCOM vehicles for protest. Who is paying for the fuel. The end users??

Ngoni
Ngoni
8 months ago

This is not the way to go unless someone shows me tangible results three years after the first split

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
8 months ago

I dont think that unbundling of Escom is the solution. The only way is for Escom to empower Municipalities to be able to be selling power to the consumers.

Time Changes, be dynamic
Time Changes, be dynamic
8 months ago
Reply to  Keen Observer

Which power? We first and foremost need more power to be generated, or else the unbundling is useless

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