Malawi’s minister of energy, Ibrahim Matola, who on Monday made a surprise visit to Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) offices in Blantyre, has called on the corporation to see to it that the country does not experience blackouts during the forthcoming Southern African Development Community (Sadc) Heads of State and Government summit.
The summit will run from August 10 to 18 in Lilongwe.
Matola said there was a lot of feedback from customers regarding Escom services, mostly persistent blackouts that are stifling most companies’ production.
“August is a busy a month considering that we have a lot of activities taking place here in Malawi such as the Sadc summit, International Youth Conference and the conference for former first ladies.
“So, we don’t another embarrassment as it happened last time,” warned Matola.
The minister also observed that it was high time Escom rolled out a campaign aimed at giving customers enough information on any changes in tariffs.
Escom chief executive officer John Kandulu lamented that it was painful that while the corporation tries hard to clear the backlog, they are still hit by the bad behavior of vandalizing of materials which are undoubtedly expensive to procure.
He however, assured the minister that they will do everything possible to ensure that the problem does not arise again.