Reports have emerged suggesting a broken relationship between Electricity Cooperation of Malawi (ESCOM) and its regulator Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA).
Sources close to ESCOM told our reporter that officials from the two bodies are not in good terms over allegations that MERA has disregarded Escom’s proposal by to introduce an automatic tariff adjustment mechanism.
According to a source from Escom, MERA has viewed Escom’s proposal as bizarre and useless. To ESCOM, this has come as a great insult because they are desperately in need of the approval of their proposal.
“Internal hatred has since emerged between the two. ESCOM has begun viewing MERA as nothing but a useless body. MERA is as well allegedly rejecting the proposal because it seems childish,” said the source.
Public relations officer for MERA Fatima Khonje refuted the allegations with claims that authorities at her body are yet to decide on the matter.
She went on to suggest that ESCOM must embrace the heart of patience because a proposal cannot be approved overnight as it is supposed to go through evaluation.
“We got the proposal from ESCOM on the matter but allegations that we have ignored it are not true. What I know is that authorities have not decided on the same,” said Khonje.
Meanwhile the source close to ESCOM urged MERA to speed up the process of approving the proposal.
“Escom won’t wait any longer because they have already done that for long now. It is either MERA approves it or they decide otherwise,” said the source.
This comes amidst revelations that government has the intention to privatize ESCOM with the aim of boosting its finances.