Limbe Cathedral pays for hosting PAC Conference

Limbe Cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church, which hosted the Public Affairs Comnmitte (PAC) conference which, among others, proposed that President Bingu wa Mutharika should step down for “mismanaging the economy”  has been experiencing unusual power black-out since hosting that high profile meeting  last month.

While some areas which tap power from the same transformer are enjoying power, the Cathedral has been in blackout since March 23, 2012 a development confirmed by residents.

“Our campus never experienced frequent blackouts but three days after the PAC meeting [March 18], we an unexpectedly experienced blackout,” said one resident.

Chingota: Transformer vandalised

Come the night of March 23, darkness fell again to the Limbe Cathedral and Our Lady of Wisdom campuses.

Escom’s immediate response was that they would look into the matter.

What is surprising is the fact that while the blackout of March 23 affected many outlying areas such as Kachere and parts of Maone; when Escom technicians worked on the transformer on March 26, power was restored to these areas leaving the Cathedral and Our Lady of Wisdom in total darkness.

“As far as I can remember, there has never been a time when the place has experienced a blackout on its own until the PAC meeting. Can this be a mere coincidence? We would wish to believe that Escom is not being used to torture Limbe Cathedral for hosting the historical Pac meeting,” said another resident.

While Officials from the Cathedral could not be drawn to comment on the matter, Escom spokesperson Kitty Chingota on Tuesday told the Daily Times that there was nothing suspicious in the said blackout as it is due to a faulty transformer.

“The transformer that was vandalised supplies electricity to, among others, St Kizito, Montfort Press, Limbe Cathedral and Our Lady of Wisdom. The other residents are supplied from another source and not from the transformer that was vandalised,” Chingota said.

She indicated that Escom would be replacing the transformer this week.

Since last Sunday, Catholics the world over are solemnly remembering of the suffering of our Lord Jesus Christ in a period liturgically referred to as the Holy Week.

Liturgical celebrations during this week involve day and night congregations, services and communal prayers that will be adversely affected with black outs, accidental or induced.

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