CAMA loses electricity tariff hike case

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The Lilongwe high court has ruled that the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) can hike electricity tariffs since the cost of production has gone high following the devaluation of the kwacha.

In December, Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) resolved th

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Kapito: the ruling is retrogressive

at electricity tariffs be increased by 6.6 percent- to K53.69 (about $0.08) from K40.69 (about $0.06) per kilowatt-hour.

The increase came barely a month after the energy regulator had given Escom a 13.7 percent increase in tariffs.

Reacting to the development, the country’s consumer watchdog, Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) through its lawyer filed a lawsuit against MERA and ESCOM challenging their decision to hike the electricity tariffs despite ESCOM’S poor performance.

However, the court in Lilongwe has ruled that Escom can maintain the hike following the depreciation of kwacha against major international currencies.

But CAMA Executive director John Kapito has described the ruling passed on 29 March as “retrogressive” to consumers following continued blackouts in the country.

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  4. There is no way we can control environmental degradation with the hiking of electricity tarrifs since people will have no any options than the traditional reliance on charcoal and firewood. That means no control over climate change resulting in poor rainfall which will impact negatively on the production of electricity

  5. ok. thats democracy . it war of words . everything is changing price high no better days in future . wina asamatinamizepo apa change is inevitable

  6. Tingokumbutsana, CAMA ikuyimila ngakhale iwe walemba nkhaniyi(so long you are a consumer). CAMA sikapito. Akulipila magetsi odulawo ndiwe ndi ine. Enanu mwangowona nkhope ya kapito mwayamba kutukwana musanawerenge nkhani.

  7. @Emmanuel Banda it shows you are reall idiot and stubborn you are too stupid. Whats wrong with Kapito? He is our ambassador especially for the poor, the fact thar you work at Escom so you want to get loans ou of our money you are silly man . Escom is our company not for crooks like you , then hands off!

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  9. INE NDIMaADABWA NDI BOMA LA MALAWI MMALO MOTHANDIZA ANTHU OVUTIKA KUTI miyoyo yawo isithe koma ndipamene amalimbikila kukhawulisa ovutika ndingopepha bwana wamkulu kuti khawulisani anthu ovutika alile chakwawo muchuke ndinu

  10. I agree with Alfred Tawakali’s comment, ESCOM is a statutory company aims at running its business on behalf of government, in this case government is a number one beneficiary from its profits so it is impossible for ESCOM to lose the case

  11. Kapito cannot win any case to do with consumerism. He’s a Judas Iscariot. He serves as a chair of a water board and pretends to stand for consumers at the same time.

  12. Judges are appointed by the head of state. Escom is government’s milking cow. The judge knows that the appointing authority gets his campaign cash from Escom so disapproving tariff hike would mean denying his boss cash which is siphoned from Escom through all sorts of deals.

  13. Judges are appointed by the head of state. Escom is government’s milking cow. The judge knows that the appointing authority gets his campaign cash from Escom so disapproving tariff hike would mean denying his boss cash which is siphoned from Escom through all sorts of deals.

  14. MK1000 last two months was 33.3 units, last month feb became 20.4 units and now MK1000 will become useless as it will probably equal a value lesser than its magnitude. Useless Kwacha

  15. Ndiye malipilo a anthu onse ogwila ntchito kuphatikizapo a ku escom komweko. Nanga si production yakwelanso ngati sizitheka nafe tipita kukhoti ku Lilongwe komweko