Lilongwe Water Board bust illegal water connection syndicate

Lilongwe Water Board has bust a syndicate of illegal water connections in the city that has cost the board close to K12 million, according to officials.

Sonani: Syndicate busted

Sonani: Syndicate busted

Spokesperson for the board Bright Sonani said 17 people were involved in the illegal connections to wealthy residents who would have afforded to pay the water bills.

“The house to house survey and meter validation exercise we are currently conducting has exposed this fraudulent activity,” he said.

He said the illegal water connectors were manipulating the system and warned the culprits will have to pay K2 million for the illegal water consumption and a fine of K250, 000 before the water is restored legally to their residences.

Sonani said the house to house survey and meter validation exercise continues and asks those who illegally connected water to come forward and surrender before they are caught.

There are a lot of illegal water and electricity connections in the cities of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu denying the boards and Escom the much needed revenue for the improvement of their services.

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I wonder if corruption really runs in our blood as Africans. Here in RSA the majority of property developers use illegal connections during property construction, even though when caught, they face a R25,000.00 fine. There is also a huge contrast in terms of municipal operations, by law no citizen is to be deprived from water as it is a basic need. Now when one defaults in payment of water account, even though the electricity is paid up, he or she faces power cuts up until the water bill is settled. Very interesting isn’t it?

Goodwill Laston

dzowona magetsi pa malawi dzawonjedza dziphuphu basi kulipila magetsi kuyembekedza kuti ayake mpaka kutopa ngati aulele .dziphuphu dzachuluka mwalembedwa ntchito kuti muthandidze anthu kusatanso ndondomeko olipila dzana magetsi kuyaka wa last year nothing shame on you .


For Lwb i can sympathise with them but for Escom if i had a chance to connect illegaly i would do so. Escom safuna zachilungamo.


especially Mzuzu ESCOM too much

corruption. some pipo paid last yr to
have electricity in their houses but up now no electricity Koma olipira last month magesi alowa.

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