16 September 2016 Last updated at: 7:02 AM
Malawi continued blackouts: Activist calls for ‘incompetent’ Escom board to resign
Following rampant blackouts that are rocking the country, activist Ben Chiza Mkandawire has called for the resignation of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) board for failing to make sure that Malawians have electricity.
Writing on his Facebook wall, Mkandawire said it is high time Escom officials were held responsible for the electricity situation which has seen parts of the country having power for only two hours a day.
“This is the time for the government to address the issue or else the officials at Escom should be held responsible and they must resign with immediate effect.
“The whole Escom board seem to be incompetent since they have been betraying the nation with tariffs and poor service delivery. It is high time to invite competition and privatise it completely with foreign companies taking over monopoly,” he added.
Mkandawire further said that blackouts which are a daily song in the country have greater negative impacts on communications, industries and operation of various services.
“It’s not rocket science but electricity supply in Malawi has affected the country’s economic growth and continues to put off investors in every sector. We can live with humiliation of poverty but this has to stop since it has failed Malawians,” wrote Mkandawire.
He then urged government to invest in other energy sources rather than only relying on hydroelectricity.
“If can’t we sustain our hydro power plants and extract energy from moving water we might as well focus our investments in solar power, let’s train our people to generate their own power with government and private sector support on solar panels for families that can’t afford them,” Wrote Mkandawire.
Poor electricity supply in the country is a daily song sung by Malawians as Escom is yet to provide alternative solutions to the electricity challenges other than waiting for rains to raise water levels in the Shire River.
The power supplier’s tendency to offer excuses for its incompetency has irked many Malawians including media practitioner Gracian Tukula who called out Escom for its consistency in providing blackouts.
He wrote: “Let me break this down. Escom’s mandate is to supply electricity, not excuses on why it can’t. Give us power all day everyday basi. How you do it is none of my business.”