The Consumers Association Malawi (Cama) has condemned the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for donating K35 million to the Presidential Initiative on Safe Motherhood claiming the money should have been channeled to the rehabilitation of its old plants at Nkula Hydroelectric Power station.
CAMA said in a statement that the donation was shocking considering that the country is experiencing massive and continued blackouts.
The donation also comes at a time when Escom hiked tariffs to generate more revenues for the rehabilitation of its old plants.
CAMA’s programmes Manager Rumbani Mkandawire also claims that consumers can no longer afford Escom tariffs, adding that the donation was a mockery to Malawians who are subjected to continued blackouts.
But Escom Public Relation Manager Kitty Chingota argued that there was nothing wrong with the donation as it is part of Escom’s social responsibility.
The donation is meant to assist in the construction of a modern maternity waiting home at Ntcheu district hospital.
President Joyce Banda laid the foundation for the facility on Monday.
Banda told people there that country has so far reduced maternal deaths to 400 from 680 since last year.
“We aim to reach 115 deaths but still that is not welcome because no woman should die while giving birth. We target to construct 20 maternity waiting homes by the end of this year,” said Banda.