Minister admits Bingu govt failure on energy

Malawi Government has admitted the blame that it has failed all Malawians, the private sector and manufacturers on energy especially continued power failures and the never ending fuel shortages.

Minister of Energy Goodall Gondwe said this Wednesday when he presided over the launch to distribute 1.3 million energy saver bulbs national wide for free to residential customers, small enterprises and public buildings.

“These energy lapses are but embarrassing to us as government because the private sector cannot produce, however we are trying hard to mitigate fuel shortage by accessing adequate supplies.

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“And this programme we are launching here would save more electricity for others to use,” said Gondwe in Ndirande, Blantyre.

Many observers have advised Malawi Government to avail adequate energy source by even interconnecting to the Southern Africa Power Pool in order to keep afloat the dwindling economy.

The southern African state has resorted to distribution of energy saver bulbs to cut power usage by 30 megawatts if 2 million of them are used.

The Energy Efficient Lighting Programme is receiving support from Department for International Development.

Commercial and industrial customers will be required to purchase the bulbs at a subsidized price through designated retail outlets.

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