Lilongwe faces massive power cuts – Escom

Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe is facing unprecedented power cuts just two days after Escom officials told industry captains to brace for load shedding in industrial areas for the first time.power-outage

ESCOM means - Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi
ESCOM means – Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi

Most of businesses and activities are very much affected, raising fears that this would scare away serious international investors, putting the already ailing economy in a tight corner.

Escom’s Ngwire Mwenifumbo blamed the massive power cuts to low water levels in Shire river.

He advised industries not in production to shut down their machines in order to save power.

“We are pleased that most tobacco industries are now off season and this will help us save electricity. We are doing all we can to make sure that power is available,” he said.

The massive loading shedding comes at a time when President Peter Mutharika says his government now encourages investment following the decision by donors to withdraw the budgetary support.

The Chinese funded multibillion coal powered electricity generating plant is yet to take off.

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waleke
waleke
5 years ago

escom ntchito mwalephera it is better to surrender

Isaac
Isaac
5 years ago

the issue here is not low water levels the fact is that Escom officials especially the top brass are running away from the public reforms and as such they are trying to create problems deliberately so as to prove the reforms wrong. this is all political nothing to do with the water levels. if water level in shire river is a problem why cant you open the doors at Kamuzu barrage at Liwonde to increase the volumes. My fellow Malawians even if the water level in shire is restored Escom officials will find something to say. i.e there is a… Read more »

Jasitasi Chilungamo
Jasitasi Chilungamo
5 years ago

Basi chilichonse kumangoti Malawians should brace for tougher times.Economically,electricity,water and several other things.For how long?Nothing seems to work with this useless govt imposed by us by the weeping Mbendera in the midst of night like a mfiti.This Dpp is totally useless with their clueless octogenarian leader.The best was for him to resign and pave way for others.

mpinganjira
mpinganjira
5 years ago

You do not need electricity in a nation with no industries, no technology sector,no nothing
We are good at chigololo and stealing public monies.None of those require electricity.

Joe
Joe
5 years ago

Urging the government to resign is not solving the problem. I would rather love to see the opposition parties and leadership come up with better ideas in rectification of this issue. We are all Malawians including the opposition and hence the need to work together in solving our problems. Apart from coal and water use in generating electricity, can’t government or Escon think of Solar power ? These can be good I expect and tabled by opposition parties. Opposition parties should OPPOSE NOT LETTING MALAWI GOVERNMENT FALL DOWN AND APART. TOGETHER WE CAN.

Nkhuduza
Nkhuduza
5 years ago

The tragedy with this country is that we are all in slumber. Malawi has massive coal deposits particularly in the Nyika highlands. This is the coal that would require very little capital outlay to mine. Why can’t we invest in such venture than the Malata subsidy. Our reasoning as a country is so pitiful that’s why foreigners think we carry chicken heads. Importing coal from Mozambique when we have our own should be tantamount to economic treason.

KARU UNITED
KARU UNITED
5 years ago

Achimidzimidzi amati struggling, strangling ndi masita, kukwenya pakhosi!

komko
komko
5 years ago

The whole Central Region black out. Except State House. ATI Kulanga Chakwera. Anthu akuvutika inu kugona pa chigayo ndithu. Chokondweretsa mkuti Mulungu adalenga imfa. Kuthetsa kudyada

Ojambula
Ojambula
5 years ago

Malawi at 51

Honeycomb Chidyauzu
Honeycomb Chidyauzu
5 years ago

This is the worst Government Malawi has ever had.They have failed us big time can they please just resign honorably.

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