Consumer rights body asks Malawians to reject electricity tariff hike

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Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) has asked Malawians to support it in its quest to force Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) to reverse its decision to raise electricity tariffs.

Escom Malawi load-shedding

Electricity tariffs got hiked.

Executive Director for Cama John Kapito said concerned citizens should come in and support it with finances to be used for legal fees.

He added that the case is important as it aims to force Mera and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to reverse their decision on the hike.

”Consumers are challenging the higher tariffs especially on the increase and this is unfair as there have been too much blackouts so the hike is not justified,” he said.

In December 2015, Escom with approval from Mera increased electricity tariffs by 30.6 percent; a month after Mera had also allowed Escom to raise tariffs by 13.7 percent.

This prompted Cama to take the two bodies to court saying the electricity supplier has failed to deliver most of the performance indicators necessitating further power hike.

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  6. As raising electricity tarrif is justifiable to them but its not to us because a lot of things/comodities prices has gone up but our salaries remains stagnant. Its killing us alot !look we r failing to feed our families bcoz local mkt s maize is very xpensive. Look at sugar ,bread and other necessities,they r xpensive .Now talk of electricity has gone up twice if not thrice last year and once this year,that’s suicidal.

  7. Am not surprised, raising prices is all w@ de Muthalikas kno. Come on Mr. President stop milkin de poor while u n ur cabnet enjoys masive tax havens n endless range of fringe benefits. You hv failed ‘Yes’ but u can stil do someting 4 ur pple lyk w@ Gadaf dd in Lybia,save Mw 4m deforestation.

  8. aaaa azingokweza magetsi ngat amakawoda bwanj? ndalamazo amatani nazo poti even maintaince samapanga megetsi kuzima ndye nd every 2hrs…. ukundye kutengerana kuntoso uku aaaaa #PeterMustFall

  9. We don’t know what CAMA does to help us, consumers, because it seems to us that Escom will raise its tariffs every time it wants, as it has been doing all along. How many times have the tariffs risen in the past six months? Where were the John Kapitos that time?

  10. what about sugar,water,bread,maize,bus fare yet with poor services,mini bus association raises fares when there is fuel hike,but never reverses when it goes down…

  11. There’s no consumerism in Malawi. What we see is just a semblance of it. Since its inception Cama has achieved nothing to write about. Malawians are getting raw deals every day from businesses in many forms ranging from poor quality, exorbitant prices to poor service and nothing is done by Cama. Not even just to mobilise consumers to rise up against these unfair business malpractices. What Kapito doesn’t know is that he isn’t at Cama to popularise himself. If he thinks so, then he better join his fellow Lhomwebelt folks.

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  13. Ine ndimaona kuti mkulu wa bungwe la CAMA samachedwa kulandila bans.Amati pa 23 Feb akukalowa mu court ndi a MERA pa nkhaniyi,lero kuli zii.Tsono wanyambita iye lero akuti a Malawi tisalore kukwera kwa magetsi ndiye ife sitilola bwa? Iye akutani? BANS yatseka pakamwa.

  14. Ine ndimaona kuti mkulu wa bungwe la CAMA samachedwa kulandila bans.Amati pa 23 Feb akukalowa mu court ndi a MERA pa nkhaniyi,lero kuli zii.Tsono wanyambita iye lero akuti a Malawi tisalore kukwera kwa magetsi ndiye ife sitilola bwa? Iye akutani? BANS yatseka pakamwa.

  15. Ndiye mkumati titeteze chilengedwe chithadi ife sitingakwanitse kuphikila magetsi the whole month they are too expensive

  16. Yes w r ready,tell us what and hw to do it.Escom is our company w hv all the right to say No to that rubbish. Malawians do you know that money that escom collect is heavily abused by politicians.And I wonder the Duties of Auditor General and his boys likewise waterboard I wonder if Our audit office check these bodies.

  17. Im not agree with cama cuz ife tikana bwanji if they do so its ur dutyto go and discus with them not to tel us dis shows as nkhaniyi ndiyonama.

  18. Cama thats your duty, we employed you on our behalf not me and my family, to fight escom in court. Jack up and fight on. Suppose you have failed komabe rise up and engage, be serious. You have been paid by the tax money I pay to government

  19. I for one support this, if they want more money why not just have alot of customers connected many are waiting to be connected. I support CAMA’s questure on this