The government of Peter Mutharika has been urged to check the failures of ESCOM or risk facing a popularity loss and a public resentment.
According to Minister in the UDF regime who was also a minister, Clement Stambuli, the failure by the Democratic Progressive Party led government to check the power shortages that have become rampant with the ascension of DPP to power can backfire on the regime.
“Government need to check on ESCOM and ensure that they are able to provide full service,” posted Stambuli on his Facebook page.
Stambuli indicated that the power shortages in the country are affecting negatively production and thereby affecting the revenue that government will be collecting from the companies. He further said that in light of cuts in productivity, companies might retrench staff and make it worse for an economy that is already dogged by high levels of unemployment.
Stambuli then chided the government, wondering why it was not borrowing a leaf from Mozambique that has a backup plan for power failures despite that the nation’s electricity providers are many steps better than ESCOM.
Malawi has experienced the worst electricity cuts ever known in history this year. The electricity shortages started after the floods that happened in January. At that time ESCOM used the excuse that they had been affected by the floods. The problems have however continued persisting.
Current President Peter Mutharika has since told Malawians that they should get used to the power cuts until 2018 because that is when the situation will be addressed courtesy of the Chinese government.