Residents in Blantyre march against Escom

Some residents from Manja in Blantyre protested violently against the failure by Escom to restore power which led to sn injury of a police officer.
The Namame residents stormed Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) sub-station at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre demanding restoration of electricity supply to their area.
They only left the place after being promised a new transformer by tomorrow.
After spending about an hour in a closed-door meeting with Escom management,  five representatives of the residents came out and informed the waiting crowd about the promise before ordering them to disperse.
One of the representatives, Lovemore Mafunga said they are banking on the promise but if it will not happen, they will return to the sub-station.
“They have told us that they are having challenges in terms of transportation but they are working on it. If they don’t install the transformer by tomorrow, we will come back,” he said.
The residents who marched from their area to the offices say their transformer developed a fault in October 2022 leading to intermittent power supply until it exploded on January 6, 2023.
“We have been living in darkness since then. We have been engaging them through our committee and they promised to install a new transformer by Tuesday this week but they never did. We are not leaving this place without a new transformer,” said one of the residents Lucy Lamusi.
The residents, some with mud on their faces as a sign of sadness, chanted songs expressing their frustration.
There was heavy police presence at the scene.

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