Malawi govt under pressure to effect Escom reforms over US warning

Government is under severe pressure to effect reforms at  Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom)  and tackle corruption seriously   after threats from the US to withdraw the US$350m Millennium Challenge Account if the issues are not addressed.

US Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer:  Second phase funding will depend if the issues raised have been addressed

The US wants the government to remove the Democratic  Progressive Party (DPP) dominated  board, tackle chronic graft at the power utility state company and the introduction of tariffs which should  be economically viable.

The US ambassador  to Malawi  Virginia Palmer has since threatened the withdrawal of the second phase of the MCC if the issues are not addressed.

“Malawi will obviously complete the first phase but the second phase funding will depend if the issues raised have been addressed,” said Palmer.

There have been wide reports of corruption in the procurement of materials for the MCC.

The US has also openly said the DPP  dominated boards at Escom and Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) is a contributor to the inefficiencies at the two institutions.

The MCC project aims to improve the energy sector especially in the distribution of electricity.

The government is yet to respond to Palmer’s comments.

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Kalaya
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Don’t give these crooks money. Support private ventures that are accountable. They cannot change! A poor country that has few people that think are rich and oppress the poor more and more. Why do you give them money still?

Central
Guest

Where is santana? Wamva koma!! What the US is saying including what Calista said are genuine voices of reason and straight to the point!! This is the time for DPP to break or build the trust with partners, electorate etc!!

DPP has taken the nation to a wrong direction!! Those who were doubting the difference between wisdom and intelligence can now learn and appreciate a lot based on the acts and conducts of DPP leadership!! Muona zimene achiteee zikhala …………. mungoti pheeeeeeeee………!

MAGUFULI
Guest

DEAR PALMER/TRUMP

PLEASE RESCUE THE PEOPLE
OF MALAWI IN EVERYWAY
POSSIBLE

THIS IS MORE THAN SHIT HOLE
GOVERNANCE AT ITS GREATEST !

Napoleon
Guest

I beg to differ with this Amati reporter from Mpemba school. How did the ambao knew that the whole board is DPP. Does also all employees of Escom or eunco members of DPP.? Corruption is Malawi is all over including reporters like this man. Reporters are the worst corrupt because of poor package. Remove the log in your eye before you accuse others. Many are hiding and make a loud noise that it is the government , yet they are the ones who are corrupt.

Mmalawi
Guest

You don’t know Ambassadors have access to intelligence reports from their country’s intelligence community in the country? The FBI will have every board member’s profile and could share the same with Ambassador Palmer

Peloma Pepe
Guest

Good move Ambassador Palmer. These thieves need to be given such conditions in order to see that the funds no longer end in their pocket.

The Patriot
Guest

The solution to Egenco and Escom woes is very simple indeed….remove the Politicians or cronies from the boards and leadership positions!!! Once these crooks are removed, contracts will be awarded on merit and managers will be answerable to the people and not a politician or politicians! Thumbs up Ambassador Palmer….please pump sense into our corrupt politicians!!

Jimmy
Guest

The government has to act on the request, not commenting as such.

#DzukaniAmalawi
Guest

Knowing the arrogance of our President he will just dismiss US utterances and tell them to pack up and go instead of listening to voice of reason. Mr President, all these voices can’t be wrong and you are the only one who is correct.

Mphwache
Guest

Is the removal of Pexie Ligoya as chairman, and replacing him with Thom Mpinganjira reflect removal of DPP influence at Escom? I don’t think so.

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