Malawi opposition, consumers up against Egenco, Escom over extended blackout

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has dubbed the accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of peddling lies following the persistent power black outs in the country and accused  Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) of duping Malawians.

Mkaka has taken a swipe at Egenco and Escom for extended load shedding despite the provision of diesel generators

MCP second secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka, writing on his Facebook page, said the government cheated Malawians that power black outs would be a thing of the past after the government procures gen sets.

Mkaka also said Egenco duped Malawians when it raised electricity tariffs from K58 to K73 per hour in order to raise money for fuel for the gensets yet the generators  are not yet in use but the government continues to collect the money.

“Egenco is duping us,” said Mkaka.

Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) chairperson John Kapito said in a radio interview Egenco is stealing from Malawians by overcharging money for the fuel when the gen sets are not yet in use.

“I think something is wrong with Egenco. The situation needs to be corrected, this is an anomaly,” said Kapito.

Responding to Mkaka’s Facebook post, Ken Msonda, who is now aDemocratic Progressive Party official accused the MCP official of labeling the president a liar, saying the Head of State  needs respect.

“I know that my brother is just new in politics. He needs to always ask us, political veterans, on how we play politics. Calling the head of state a liar will not help,” said Msonda.

There was no immediate comment from Egenco on why the company continues to collect the increased tariffs for fuel when the gen sets are not yet in use.

However, Egenco officials say the situation on black outs would improve following the government decision to increase the flow of water at Liwonde Barrage by 20 per cent, saying this would power the hydro-power stations machines.

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has requested Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, Water and Development to increase the level of water flow in Shire River to allow Egenco generate enough megawatts (MW) for power supply.

There request contained in the  letter, signed by the corporation’s chief executive officer Allexon Chiwaya, argues that the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development recently decided to reduce the flow of water to 110 cubic metres, a decision the corporation wants reversed until end May this year.

According to the letter, Egenco is supplying 170MW instead of 220MW from the hydro generation, creating a deficit of 50MW and leading to prolonged load shedding of 10 hours per day for domestic customers and two days per week for industrial customers.

Political commentator Emily Mkamanga blamed the two institutions for opting for a short-term solution to ending blackouts.

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KOMA KUMENEKO
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Ken Msonda is running out his senses …… is it difficult to prove somebody a liar?
you just need to check what someone said with what is happening period.

moyo kuwawa
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Vuto ili malawi sila fake accent mukunenayi,vuto ndi umbanva,bolani kukhala ndi fake accent koma zikumveka pamene ena amalankhula ngati alibe mano mkamwa English yomveka lomwe accent ha ha

Dziko
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Abale amalawi anzanga, what best term is suited to the head of state of he lies? The president is a leader who deserves to serve his pole with integrity. If he fails deserves to be exposed without reservations. Msonda is an opportunist and a political failure. He is just a noise maker and hasn’t ever been political role model in Malawi. We are totally in abuse of power due to the irrational and fake crooks so called Malawi politicians. Tsiku lina Malawi adzayaka moto kuti bhuuuu… You played around with pples minds for so long and we are becoming tired… Read more »
JOHN
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NDALAMA ZA CAMPAIGN ZAVUTA PA MALAWI. MPAKA KUKWEZA MAGETSI UKU MUKUZIWA KUTI MUKUFUNA KUWABERA AMALAWI KUTI NDALAMA ZIPITE KU 2019 CAMPAIGN? EEEISH!

Paradigm shift
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Malawi has leadership crisis & now Dpp led government working through lies & false promises. Households at all levels have to brace for prolonged black outs imposed by a failed state, prior to that vulnerable Malawians are depravity of the basics necessities yet taxpayers monies continues to disappear in the bottomless pit called account number one. Dzuka Malawi from failed/corrupt politicians & cosmetic policies.

kaka ni dada
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Namkununkha sadzimva. Mavuto onsewa a DPP akuwona kuti zinthu zili bwino mdziko muno. Asiyeni kwatsala pang’ono kucha!

Khalidwe
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Fake accent/ fake preacher. Kkkkkkkkkkkkk be proud of you are akulu

Kabwila
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White people have lived here for 100 of years and they don’t speak our local accent. But someone who has gone to USA for a few years has transformed his accent. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahah zo opya. Change my brother.

Sandram
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EGENCO ARE A GROUP OF CONMEN.
ANOTHER ONE IS BLANTYRE WATERBOARD . WE HAVE HAD NO WATER IN SOME PARTS OF BLANTYRE AND ESPECIALLY IN KANJEDZA FOR SOME TIME NOW .

Kabwila
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The only blackout that troubles me is Chabwera fake accent, please someone tell him to STOP! Shameless

Vison
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You are senseless man, are you staying in Malawi? People are complaining about blackouts, and yet you are responding as if blackouts do not affect you. Please know that blind layalty is destroying this nation. we dont need fools like you in this society.

Omex70
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Awanso ndi opnda nzeru kapena kuti ouma mutu.

Thyolo citizen
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NSANJE iyo

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