Former Minister of Energy and Mining Ibrahim Matola has lashed at President Peter Mutharika to give Malawians solutions on electricity blackouts which the country is experiencing.
Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times in Lilongwe, Matola who is also former ruling People’s Party (PP) Secretary General, said Malawians are not interested in waiting in perseverance with the blackouts.
Mutharika told the news conference that Malawians should persevere with blackouts.
Matola said he was “shocked and disappointed” to hear from the President asking Malawians to persevere with blackouts.
“In his speech, the President cited Kammwamba project as one of the measures that will deal with power outage. For your information the said project is a long term one, so should Malawians wait for the next ten years to have power throughout,” queried Matola.
Matola said that soon after former President Joyce Banda took over power in 2012, there were mo blackouts.
“We inherited government with blackouts so what I did was to add 64 Megawatts from the 287 megawatts that we found, making the total production of 351 Megawatts,” said Matola of what he did when he was minister of energy.
Matola said all the ways and means of combating blackouts are contained in Economic Recovery Plan which was launched by PP.
“The document is there at Capital Hill why can this government not check on the document for continuity,” said Matola.
“Even if this Government invites me to show the document, I can show them at Capital Hill,” said Matola.