Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) has obtained an injunction to stop Electricity Supply Cooperation of Malawi (Escom) from hiking its tariffs.
In December 2015, Escom with approval from Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) increased electricity tariffs by 6.6 percent a month after Mera had allowed Escom to raise tariffs by 13.7 percent.
Reacting to the raise, Cama Executive Director John Kapito described the upward adjustment of the electricity tariffs as unjustifiable.
“The increase of the tariffs does not make sense especially this time when the consumers are unable to get the product we buy from Escom,” he said
According to Kapito, consumers pay every month for electricity as a product but unfortunately it is never available.
He further said that there is no need to award Escom after the company failed to fulfil key performance indicators in the previous year.
Commenting on the issue of power cuts, Escom regional manager for the south David Moses Mbewe said that low water levels in Shire River is the main factor contributing to the challenge of blackouts.
According to Mbewe, the electricity supplier is hoping that the Malawi-Mozambique power interconnection project will end the problem of blackouts in the country.