Terrible toll of Malawi’s power cuts disrupts Parliament

Business in the National Assembly was disrupted on Monday as the House was thrown into  darkness by a power outage  and the standby generator failed to start in good time.

Speaker Msowoya being led out of Parliament using phones as flashlights 

Parliament adjourned due to blackout

Blackout in Parliament brought deliberations to abrupt halt

The blackout  – 15 minutes after tea break  -attracted jeers from the opposition as some members of Parliament (MPs) flipped open their mobile phones to use as flashlights.

The power cut occurred while Minister if Homeland Security and Disaster Manaegement Nicholas  Duasi was respoinding to questions relating to a ministerial statement on the state if disaster preparedness and response for the 2018/19 season.

Other MPs  were pouring insults at the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) which is implementing extended power rationing and they were heard murmuring “just give us candles.”

Speaker of Parliment, Richard Msowoya, adjourned the House until Tuesday morning.

The blackout was symbolic of the energy crisis Malawi has been wrestling with for years.

Escom is implementing massive load shedding to consumers following reduced generation capacity resulting from low water levels in Lake Malawi and the Shire River, home to 90 percent of Escom’s hydro-electric power stations.

Parliament public relations officer Ian Mwenye said the blackout was beyond their control but the House will reconvene on Tuesday morning.

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concerned citizen
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concerned citizen

Nanga ma genset nawonso akusowa madzi?

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

Apumbwa with the able guidance (or leadership) of his excellency Mr. Maliseche through their cadets stole the fuel. Amatinamiza kuti alonda ndiamene anaba – mafuta okwana matanka amaterera oposa 50?

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concerned citizen

Most Malawians don’t differanciate between Ls and Rs “reading ” and leading have different meanings. Chonde lets learn to use the right letters in the right place to give the right meaning of what we are trying to communicate. Amatisekatu anthu amaiko ena pa nkhani imeneyi.

Zimbo
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Zimbo

Maiko ake ati?

Achiswe
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Does APM suffer blackouts in his palace? No, sir! Do any of the DPP MPs suffer blackouts at home? I think not. Do they really care about the rest of the country? Why should they? ‘I’m alright Jack, sod the rest of you! If the DPP win in next year’s election, it will be because they have fixed it in their favour. Please, my fellow countrymen, be ready and on your guard. Don’t let the DPP steal the election.

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

I support you.

Kim
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Kim

Mchona unkayesa ngati boma ndichibwana? Unya uwona vote yanga ng’oooooh

Asante
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Asante

Maliseche watikwana. Gogo uyu ndichisiru ndithu

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

What can we say? Those who are still supporting DPP under APM do not love this country. It is not DPP which is bad, but the one reading is the one who is clues. It is sad that there are some people who are willing to give him votes next year.

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😂😂😂😂😂😂😂KIA under water, Parliament in Darkness, and now even shameful to carry on the list……imagine!!!! All under the dynamic leadership of APM 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 these guys are not even ashamed of themselves. And now these DPP thugs are all carefree about the whole state of the nation ripping this nation as if they belong to Malawi. APM n his DPP is the mother of ALL F….UPS and still all we do is sit n wank as if we are totally confused as to what’s going on. IGNORANCY at its maximum. Well done my fellow brothers n sisters. Keep it that way,… Read more »

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
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Dipipi wa Yudiefu

Chonsecho atabweretsa EGENKO kaya EJENKOLO akutinamiza kuti ndikusintha kagwiridwe kamakampani awiriwa basi magetsi sazabvutanso. Maprofesa afeki. He has always failed and failed and failed. Sometimes I wonder if this Maliseche boy shares the same blood with Bingu or if indeen their father was one. Complete opposite people – yina mbuzi yeniyeni wina ……….kirimu.

Bob
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Bob

Zomvetsa chisoni.

linda
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Peter Mutharika has repeatedly blamed the past regimes that they had no vision on electricity, but what has he done so far in his 5yrs rule apart from hiring gensets that are not effective?

BigMan
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BigMan

Throw this government out please, enough is enough.

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