‘Sell off ESCOM’, Malawi Government advised

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The Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) president, Henry Kachaje, has advised the Malawi government to privatize the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) as the current continuous blackouts are greatly affecting the growth of the country’s economy.

Henry Kachaje

Kachaje: Escom

Malawi has had the worst blackouts this year and some business people have lamented that their businesses are going down as perishable goods are becoming a problem to keep.

But Kachaje believes the solution is to privatize Escom.

He said: “There is a need for government to privatize ESCOM if the country is to address the problems of power outage and the economy of this country has been greatly affected by the continuous blackouts hence the need for privatization.”

A few months ago, President Peter Mutharika advised Malawians to get used to the problem of blackouts until 2018 because that is the time when the situation will be addressed with help from the Chinese Government.

Recently the electricity body said that the current electricity situation is expected to go from bad to worse in January once the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi Limited (ESCOM) decides to implement its plans that will see the closure of Nkula power generating plants, media reports have said.

 

According to the reports, a leaked document in which ESCOM met with Corporate organisations has revealed that ESCOM briefed them that it has plans to completely shut down one of its plants, a situation that will see electricity production reduce drastically.

Escom Malawi load-shedding

“The climax of electricity shut down will be in January when they will scale down for two weeks,” the reports say quoting the document.

It is said that ESCOM has warned its valued customers in the Corporate world who contribute 44% of its revenue that in January 2016 they should brace for tough times.

It has been established that among the things that ESCOM suggests will happen with the closure of its power plants is that there will be only 6 hours of electricity in a day to its customers.

ESCOM however hinted that it is contacting Mozambique and Zambia to support it with electricity regardless of the fact that Zambia itself is failing to supply electricity to its citizens.

Currently, Malawi is battling with the worst ever power cuts. People have accused the DPP led government of failing to manage and contain the electricity situation which has continued deteriorating. President Mutharika has advised that the situation will be contained after three years.

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  1. I wouldn’t agree with selling Escom but ny advise will be to allow private sector incest in energy sector and compete with Escom. If we sell Escom then the one that takes up Escom will continue with the existing inefficiecies . If there is anybody that think can run Escom let then open their company and outcompete Escom.

  2. Mtengo Mukaudula Mitsitsi Ulimba Bwanji, Ndichifukwa Tikuvutika Ndi Misonkho Yokwera Chifukwa Munagulitsa Zonse Zopezera Ndalama Boma. Choncho Titukuka Bwanji.

  3. Kugulitsa ndiye ma blackout atha? mutatha kugulitsa ma kampani aboma ambirimbiri aja phindu lake lili kuti? anthu ambiri anakhala pa ulova chifukwa cha zimenezi. pezani njira ina osati kugulitsa Escom.

  4. mzeru zopusa izi, they sold mpl now medicide is expensive and sale of b&c people with skills are jobless, they aim to invest their stolen money in the company eti so their dumb grand children shouldnt suffer inthe future

  5. Thats just granting them(DPP) their wish. These blackouts are just a bait. They want Malawians to be frustrated and say ESCOM is not being managed well and we ask them to sell it. If we sell ESCOM its going to benefit them not Malawian and will probably be bought by these same people in power .azatikhaulitsa ndithu ..Malawi dont fall for that Trap

  6. sakukuziwani ndani inu? u did it deliberately kumapangisa ma bkackouts so muli ndicholinga kale chopanga privatise so that when u ignite that story, amalawi should have no say but to back u up. zopusa basi munatilemera kungokusankhani inu dikilani nthawi yanu chabe muyalule

  7. Olo titati asagulitse kapena agulitse palibe chomwe chingachitike coz boma ili likapanga chiganizo chumakhala chomwecho mwa chitsanzo MSB timkati chani nde zinaphura chani?

  8. don’t privatise escom its one of big parastal what will be consiaients of that to poor malawians bakili do the same but what is the future of those conpanies. a lot of people lost there job as redandant. escom and water board is very importance palastatal organisation. don’t do that. then you will start privatise ministries

  9. Tadikirani kaye mumve point yangayi: Ine I think mavuto a ESCOM-wa ndi ma trick a galu uyu muthalika. Mukukumbuka kuti pakati panatchuka kuti DPP ikuganiza zoigulitsa ESCOM atangogulitsa MSB?? Koma ife a Malawi tinakanitsitsa kutero. Ndye uyu Peter-yu chomwe waganiza ndikupangitsa ESCOM ikumane ndi mavuto ndi cholinga choti adzabwerenso kwa ife a Malawi ndikutiuza kuti malingana ndi mavuto omwe ESCOM ikukumana nayo,kulibwino tigulitse. Kuteroku kape amene wayambitsa zoti ESCOM igulitsidweyu ayenera kuti watumidwa kuti aishoshe aone mene amalawi atapangire react. Ndi Agaluditu a DPP-wa. Vuto ndi loti mwachuluka a satanic

  10. Iwe peter ungoyelekeza kugulisa ESCOM YO uzachioona chinamuluma chakuda ngati watopa ndikulamulila ziko uzingopita komwe unachoke i know u r not malawian ndiwe folena uzingopita ku USA komwe umakhalako tatopa ndikhalidwe lakolo iyaaaaa! Zopusa basi

  11. Since the advent of democracy in the country we have seen a lot of companies being disposed off but very little goes back to the citizens. I don’t think privatising ESCOM will bring any improvement to the current perennial blackouts but will just put economic pressure on Malawians since tariff will always go up.

  12. Ok cndikuona kuciana kulikonse but its worth trying wa business amafuna profit thereby providing the best services to attract customers

  13. I wonder why these Democratic leaders are failing to run these entities..Kamuzu Banda established them & managed to run them koma a lerowa kuba ndalama basi..stupid leaders of today..

  14. True Talk: Successful people have two things on their lips, ‘Smile & Silence’. Smile can solve problem while silence can avoid problems. Sugar and salt may be mixed together but ants reject the salt and carry away only the sugar. Select the right people in life and make your life better and sweeter. If you fail to achieve your dreams, change your ways not your God. Remember, trees change their leaves and not their roots. You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones to every dog that barks. Make it your ambition to live a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands. Remember, don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it

  15. privatizing escom is not the right decision to make coz definately the govt will lose profits made and only gains little revenue inform of taxes. Board ya escom is made up of politicians who are appointed by the president who do not know what to recommend when there are problems like blaxkouts. Govt. should replace those with the experienced ones who can know how to work

  16. That’s not the solution. These blackouts were planned so that when people get tired of them they should agree to privatization. Fire management team and replace it with visionary individuals then things will improve. Instead of selling its better to allow competitors to come in to make this sleeping giant woke up and start giving us efficient services

  17. Vuto Laboma Lathuli Limakakamila Zinthu Zoti Silikutha Kuyendetsa Bwino, Zkufunika Kupatsa Ena Tchitoyo Kuti Tipite Nazo Patsogolo Kwa Amene Angathe Kuyendetsa Bwino Ntchito Yamagetsiyi.

  18. kuzimazima kwamagesi vuto ndikuboma konko osati a ESCOM ma power station amapanga magesi ochepa oti sangakwanile wina aliyese………kuti vuto ili lithe zimayenela kuti boma lipeze njila zoonjezela mphavu zamagesi mziko muno…….tisamangoti vuto ndi a ESCOM…

  19. Kodi ndalama Za malawi serving bank zija munapangila chani . Chifukwa chigulitsileni bank ija palibe chachilendo chomwe chasinthika pa moyo wasikundisiku wa malawi

    • U dont know wat ur sain,cuz de problem doesnt start tody,and how many parties r in parlment?r they also failing to contribute someting for de beterness of malw,wat is important to hav opposition?cuz they,re there to contribute where gvnt is failing cuz they recv mony from gv. But de oppostion we hav is fools who tel us wat dey gonna do next tym idiots.

  20. Its Good Move It will Improve Service Delivery And Curb Acts Of Coruption But A Certain Percentage Of Shares Should Remain With Gvt For Regutory Purpose

  21. A Nation with so many educated people in every sector failed to manage a Bank and it was sold. Now the same nation is failing to manage the electricity supply company and its on a verge of being sold. Wow! Hehe! Maiko enawa sizinthu, hahaha!

  22. For once I disagree with Mr Kachaje.The solution is not to privatise Escom but to run it effectively.All the Government companies which were privatised in the past are not doing well. The solution is to invest in Escom and run it effectively.If it is privatised it will be foreigners who will buy it meaning loss of foreign exchange in return. Run Escom as a business not a polical tool.

  23. No don’t sell Escom. They sold MTL and the service is now the poorest of the three service providers. lets try structural adjustment first. Selling off these big parastatals destroys careers of young boys and girls who were busy studying towards escoms line of bisiness.

  24. Izi ndi zomwe ankafuna ndikale. Can’t you see kuti nzochita kukonza? Akagulitsa ndiye madzi ayamba kuchuluka mu Shire??? Munamvako kuti muno mu Africa kuti apanga privatise magetsi? Next will be Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Just wait. ESCOM is not failing. It’s sabotage and Kachaje is part if it.

  25. Persistent black outs were a deliberate move from the Government so that Malawians would be tired of ESCOM then make a decision of selling it off. You’ll see that buyers will be the same ruling party officials and they’ll take it at the cheap price.

  26. Anthu ena apa akuona ngati akagulisa ESCOM yo ndiye kuti ayinyamula kupitanawo ku zimbabwe kapena ku zambia angofuna kuti ikhale mmanja mwa ma private sector adzikhala ngati akupanga busness zomwe zithandize kutsadzimadzima coz wa busness sangamalore kudzimidzimitsa ndiye kt busness yake simayenda booh muzimvetsa zithuzi.

  27. Yah its a gud move…kuti akubweretsere magetsi pa nyumba pako masiku ano mpaka uhongenso…iyaa just privatise it as soon as possible pliz tiwone kusintha ife yatsalanso water board malawi nayo…

  28. un employmen wil be worse than before f we privatise many public companies like escom… Remember we dnt have donors and I thnk government now is depending on the money that comes from these public cooperations…so mind you!!!!

  29. amalawi osadandara tadziwani izi ma company ambiri amarephera kungwira ntchito zawo ku malawi kamba kakuzimazima kwa magesi akngurisa zichita bwino amakampani abwera komanso achinyamata ambiri apeza ntchoto

  30. Mabvuto sadzatha mpaka Yesu adzabwere (believe me).Tele chipani chikalowa m’boma chimalemba ntchito abale awo,achipani chao omwe lero lino achulukana kwaambiri kumabugwe a boma.Ngakhale atabwera m’tsogoleri wabwino,iwo amangofinya kuti m’tsogoleri wathawi imeneyo amve kuwawa.Apapa ofunika m’tsogoleri wadziko adziziwa za plumber,za electric,kuti zikabvutaadzibvala ovolosi kukamakonza ekha kuti akhale m’tsogoleri wabwino ndi wachitsanzo.

  31. Mmmhuuundiye mukagulisa escom pali phindu lanji, boma lina linagulisa malwi raiways, press transport and bekary white head ndi ena palibe ata chomwe chinachitikapo, ndege, ndiye zithu zamalawi mukwagulisilaso, koma zosezo ndi zopanga kamuzu, koma vuto ndi chani, simungakambilane zakupsya kupaliamentko kuti ndalama ikhale ndi mphavu, zimbabwe nambala 2

  32. Nde zikoli likhala ndichani popeza zonse mukugulisa.. Kwangosala ma sukulu ndizipatala pompano timvatso agulisa shame malawi.

  33. Komatu.mukamachita,zinthu.muziyambamwaganiza.ifeamalawi,takhalatikutengedwangatiagalu.tsopano,tikufunatibwelepoyela2016tikubwerakuzakon’za,dzikolathu.makaulaboyz.mulanje.

  34. No problem if they hav made that decision ov selling escom coz malawian leaders r too greedy , amango5una kukhutitsa mimba zao they dont thnk even their economic future ,

  35. All most every public Institution (schools, hospitals, companies, etcetera) is subsatandard as compared to Private ones, by privatising, the new owners will be business oriented and will try their best to please their customers. Escom is more like providing a free service, no wonder they disconect power as they wish. By they way why are you so obsessed with MCP?

    • Why are u so obsessed with defending MCP or only obsessed to read only those posts that I write about MCP? If that’s the case, then let’s privatise everything, Reserve Bank, Sanjika, the presidency etc, we dont even have to vote, let the businesses take over as we retire from public activities

  36. Sitima akamayendetsa wina imaphweka koma atanena kuti muyendetse inu mungayendetse bwanji inu mukuti agulitsenu kukatuluka vacancy ya chief executive simulembera kuti mwina mungadzakonze zinthu.

  37. Koma atagulisa zikhoza kuthandiza coz escom blackout ikunyanya guyz mwina company ina izatenga ngati business moyo wa a2 ambiri amadalira tima business ting’omoting’ono makamaka achinyamata kumeta saloon ndie ndi mablackout amenewa tidya cian

  38. Zomwe ikupanga escom ndizotopesa moti kugulitsa olo osagulitsa palibe chabwino chomwe ndikuona ine dzikoli lingotha tiyambireso kawiri monga amachitira anthu oyenda bao wina akamabera amangoithetsa ndikuyambiraso kawiri

  39. Don’t sell Escom, this is the propaganda by Dpp all along they wanted to sell thus entity to gunner more money for 2019 campaign…it’s ridiculous you Kachaje to he’ll with yours wishful thinking….the sabotage has been there by the same government now you are being used, beware Kachaje Malawi is watching….

  40. a Malawi chonena alibe, kugulitsa olo osagulitsa Escom yo palibe chomwe tingapezepo ndinaonera pa kugulitsa kwa Bank ya MSB. ine chikhulupiliro mu Boma ili lilipoli ndilibe coz dziko ili la Malawi lili manja mwa agalu, tapangan zomwezo tiwone kuti zitha bwanji.

  41. Why is it failing? I don’t think privitisation is good for Malawi. Who will manage the entity? Man or machines? If it will be managed by man then why is it failing? I think the system is failing us.

  42. The solution is to change the govt bcz I can recall tym of Pipiiiii there wz no black out. I don’t belong to any political group though bt this is more than enough!!!!!

  43. Chikondi Chicky B Bvumbwe musatinyoze chonchi ife a Malawi…mpaka…’opusa’….’osekelera ngati maliseche’…..we knw its painful kukhala mu black out….usaiwale tonne tili pano we r malawians including iweyonso..

  44. Sell it ofcourse and offload all the workers coz they hav demonstrated incompetence and hav let down Malawians. All what they know best is parties and highcking their salaries basi!! useless coparation!!

    • I get the point nigga sell escom bcz of too much black out??????? Why they cant find a way than selling it???? Every country in africa akukumana ndi vuto la black out munava kuti akunena kuti sell it??

    • Hahaha I Get This Stupid Man he is thnkng lyk wen We sell Escom There Wl be No Electrcty in Malawi At Ipta Kunja coz The Buyers Wl be Frm Outside Malawi Eeeye2 Guyz nde Nkozeni bas

    • Who is idiot bwtn u and me yamikani user u brain wise everything will b beter bat with high price anthu osauka sadzakwanitsa bcz ogula adzafuna phundi lochuluka kwambiri dont read bat understand it voesk

    • True Talk: Successful people have two things on their lips, ‘Smile & Silence’. Smile can solve problem while silence can avoid problems. Sugar and salt may be mixed together but ants reject the salt and carry away only the sugar. Select the right people in life and make your life better and sweeter. If you fail to achieve your dreams, change your ways not your God. Remember, trees change their leaves and not their roots. You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones to every dog that barks. Make it your ambition to live a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your own hands. Remember, don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it