Escom switches off Mulli

Barely two days after Malawi’s former President Bingu Wa Mutharika was buried, some of his strongmen are starting to come to reality with the truth that they no longer have the same power as before. One of them is Leston Mulli who had one of his many companies run without electricity for two days for unpaid bill.

Escom in Mulanje flexed their muscles on the once strong and right hand man of President Mutharika, Mulli, by switching off power at one of his companies STECO in Mulanje, just a day after Mutharika was buried.

Sources said some Escom officials at the Mulanje office had had enough of Mulli who has allegedly been threatening them in the past whenever they asked for unpaid bills.

Mulli: Paid the bill

“But on this day, one of the bosses said enough is enough and that government had changed leadership and instructed his boys to cut power at Steco which had an outstanding bill of more than K5 million,” said the source.

Mulli is said to have been very angry at the development and phoned some Escom bosses in Blantyre who told him point blank that unless the bill is paid in full, electricity would not be restored.

“He could not believe what he was hearing and had no choice but to pay the amount in full on Wednesday and Escom reconnected Steco,” said a source.

Mulli declined to comment on the matter when contacted on Wednesday saying he was attending a funeral of Chief Commissioner of Prisons Mc Donald Chaona in Zomba.

However an official at Steco confirmed the development but declined to be named.

“It’s true we had a huge electricity bill and they disconnected us on Tuesday and our bosses sorted the bill and they have reconnected us today (Wednesday),” said the official.

Our source said Escom bosses refused a cheque from Steco because the first one they were given ‘bounced’ at the bank and demanded cash payment.

“It was until Mulli organised the cash that Escom restored electricity at Steco,” said our source.

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