Malawi President Peter Mutharika has sided with the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) on the increased blackouts that have hit the nation lately, saying that Malawians need to be patient with the electricity body.
The Malawi leader made the call when he briefed the press on numerous issues on Monday at his base, the Kamuzu Palace in the capital Lilongwe.
ESCOM had last month according to running media reports gone ahead to implement its plans that will see the closure of Nkula power generating plants as well as diminishing water levels and flow in Lake Malawi and Shire river respectively.
This has been the cause of recent blackouts.
But according to Mutharika argued that much as the blackout problem is of great concern, there is still need for ESCOM to improve on its machinery as well as find solutions to handle the problems it is facing in power generation.
While tilting hope to the looming power project Malawi has entered with China, Mutharika said that Malawians need to be patient as the situation will be history at the onset of the project.
”I am aware of electricity problems, its strategic problem. Escom is working out the issue. The problem is water levels. This will the past with coming in of Chinese funded Kamwamba coal-fired power station which is to add about 300-megawatt (MW). The minister of energy and Escom are doing their best to rectify the problem. I ask everybody to bear with us as we doing our best”. Mutharika said.
Last month, Malawi24 carried a story in which the Malawi government was being asked to privatize the electricity body as the current continuous blackouts are greatly affecting the growth of the country’s economy.
Social media trends have lately been describing ESCOM as being responsible for blackouts and not power.