Mutharika assures power blackouts will disappear: ‘We’re not sleeping on the job’
State President Professor Peter wa Mutharika has assured Malawians that electricity will normalize considering that government was doing everything possible to invest in the power sector.
“For the past 51 years we did not invest much in the energy sector in this country which is why we’ve these frequent blackouts but things will normalize soon,” he said.
Speaking on Sunday at Chonde in Mulanje during the 10th anniversary of the Mulhako wa Alhomwe cultural festival, Mutharika said government would import heavy duty generators to reduce power problems the country was currently experiencing.
The Malawi leader said apart from increasing the power generation capacity, government would increase the number of centres in rural areas connected to the electricity grid.
Mutharika said at least 326 trading centres across the country would be connected under the Malawi Rural Electrification Program Phase 7 and 8 to electricity with over 146 centres in the Southern Region alone.
The President said the problem of blackout did not come with his government but because as population was growing the demand for the same also increases against the little power investment to cater for the increased population.
“Blackouts will be history in this country and I can promise that,” he assured.
Mutharika said his government was serious on development programs for the country, hence taking electricity to more remote areas of Malawi.
“We’re not sleeping on the job, we’re serious on development of this country,” said President Mutharika.
Zoti mukufuna kukweza ma tariff a magetsi kuti muthe kugula ma generator ndi ndizoona ? If you want to make an investment in to your business, go get loans from the banks. What kind of business takes money from the customer to invest before improving its services . We know that after you acquire those gen. sets, you will hike your tariffs again saying running costs are high. You frustrated the company that wanted to invest in solar energy so that you remain the monopoly in the power sector and continue to over charge Malawians. Malawi has the highest electricity… Read more »
Dont fool us Mr President, DPP led govt is associated with electricity woes, before Bingu died we had the same problem including forex shortage as well as fuel. When JB took over many will testify that we did not experience the blackouts. Where did she find the magic to sort out that, our take is that there is no political will from your leadership on electricity and it is one of the many reasons for losing your popularity and trust from most Malawians who were supporting you in the first place.
I can still hear snoring! More promises that weren’t fulfilled last time they were given, but why would you work to reduce power cuts when State House does not suffer with them? Actions speak louder than empty promises. Hopefully, it’s too late to fool the electorate.
We have heard that several times before and we don’t need to hear that any more. What we want now bwana president is action. We need electricity not rhetoric speech.
mmmmm…don’t buy it!
Electricity is a problem due to poor planning. Roads in urban area will be a problem due to poor planning.
What else will be planned properly. We need a focus leader who will take issues concerning Malawi at heart and deploy rightful Managers in all key jobs.