Ndirande residents, police tussle in a night demo

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…teargas used to disperse angry protesters

There were running battles last night between the Malawi Police and residents of Ndirande township in Blantyre who were demonstrating against persistent electricity blackouts that have hit the area lately.

As reported by Malawi24 last night, around 20:30 hours, the residents stormed the roads chanting songs demeaning the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, accusing the electricity supplier of failing in its duties.

Angered by an unexplained three-day blackout, the residents further got surprised that Nyambade area has had normal lights.

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Protesters hit the road.

According to some of the people a Malawi24 reporter spoke to during the time of the protests, they accuse ESCOM of favoring the area of Nyambadwe because most ‘well-to do’ people live there.

‘’Are we different customers? Why do they not give us notices like they do with the people of Nyambadwe?’’questioned one of the irate protesters.

The highly affected parts are Safarao, Makata and Goliyo.

The protesters wee seen stoning buildings and vehicles and had planned to head their way to ESCOM houses in Blantyre CBD in a bid to force the electricity supplier explain why their area is the one highly affected by the blackouts.

Police officers then rushed to settle the situation and threw teargas canisters dispersing the rioting people.

We understand that several arrests have been made but police are yet to make the details known.

There have been blackouts lately in Blantyre and ESCOM says this is due to low levels of water at its power stations.

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  1. I hi ndi chiyambi cha mavuto and Escom ikupanga dala kuti aziti Boma likulephera kulamula and this cost next election next election. Boma lingowachotsa ntchito a Escom and anthu mwapatse magetsi basi

  2. they ware saying there going to buy big generators to use them when ever theres black out it seems they are good in just talking without implementing it

  3. they ware saying there going to buy big generators to use them when ever theres black out it seems they are good in just talking without implementing it

  4. Zafika Povutad Ku Chigayo Tikaviwika Chimanga Muntondo Akungotionongela Ndimagetsi Awo Odala Awo Amene Magetsi Akazima Pompopompo Kuyimba Foni Kuli Abwana Kuno Koma Ife Tikayambila Poti Eeeesh.

  5. Like us fathers,wn the house has run out of food,cn we tell family members that due to poor rains,the least we managed to havest is finished so we wil be sleeping hungry til the rains comes,no baba,we go 4the nxt artenative as ahead of the family,so should we wyt 4the rain season to hv power?Nanga matope ku nkula?

  6. in secondary school social studies we call it sustainable development, if you are using resources only thinking about yourself these are the results.ANTHU akundirande munamaliza phiri lonsetu kudula mitengo.kukulesani muziona ngati mashasha kulimbana ndi a forest. dam LA mudi munaononga..munkaona ngati sizizakhala ndi effect iliyonse Ku climate? panopa rate ya siltation ya shire river is just very high.inu ndi anzanu akumwanza ootcha makala munkazitenga ngati mamafia . lero ndie mukufuna boma litani?

  7. mvula ikachuluka mumati matope akuchosa kumkula force ichepemso mukuti madzi achepa nanga ife timvepo ziti? nanga mainjeni akumagwira ntchito zanji?

  8. I think ma engineer wonse aku Escom bought their degrees, diplomas & certificates frm their lectures. They didn’t pass exams thus wy pano zikuwavuta kupeza ma solutions. Evry year it’s one problem after another hence they don’t know wat to do..

  9. Aliyese atenge ndowa ziwil ziwil zamazi from chitipa to nsanje tikathile mu shile tiwonjezele water level osat kulimbana nd mtsogoleli wadziko,iyeyo amagwetsa mvula?hydro electric power station ili kunyumba kwake? Shupiti

  10. We have alot of rivers in Malawi one of them is Bua river why can government use it for Hydroelectric power? Bua is mentioned as one of the biggest river in our country yet we can’t use it for electricity or even irrigation .why?are we waiting for a white man to start this?

    • The problem Khumbo Lungu is that the Bua dries uo for months every year now for the past 4 years. I believe it is irrigation in Kasungu, Mchinji and Ntchisi which is contributing to this. No proper water management

  11. Sankaziwa kuti mvula ikagwa yochepa water leve wil be low,sakadapezeratu lasting solution,chaka chilichonse izikhala nyimbo Low water leves chikhalirecho kuli ma engineers mbwee kumeneko….retarded brains

  12. Apolice sakuwafuna magetsi? Nanga mpaka teargas, ma blackout ndiye kuti amakusangalasani eeee kapena chilungamo mukuchiziwa koma kusamala ganyu yanu eeeee.

  13. here in Southafrica thy also recently faced loadsheding but,sankakondera dela iyayi,mwa azungu,mwa anthu akuda,muma factory,muma industries….mose munakhuzidwa,anaika #time table ndipo anthu ankapangidwa update thru radio en tv news,thy created a special page on fb jst to update on wht z going on so tht yu shld knw when to cook to bath or to wash,osati zokondera zakumpanjezo,why Always #Ndirandee?

  14. vuto loti amalawife chilichose timachilowesa kundale,coz vuto lakuzima kwamagesi sivuto lokhuza zipani/ndale,kwaine paumbuli wanga nkhaniyo yagona pakayendesedwe kwabungwe lazamagesi Escom,sikusamalila anthu ake mean macustomers awo…mwina kutabwela macompany ena azamagesi oti angagwilise tchito mphepo,dzuwa ndikuona ngati zingathandize kuti Escom isamale business yawo.zimatikhuza poti matsiku ano zambiri ndimagesi.

  15. Inu #Alonda_aboma! zinthu muzizivetsa osamazitengera pamgong’o, ku ma ofesi kwanu kodi magetsi sakumazima? anzanu akupanga ka #demo_ka_friendly Inu busy ndi tear gass, tachepetsani uchitsiru umenewu.

  16. Km yah Malawi alipamoto kuvotera chipani chopanda kuthandiza Dpp ndi lhomwe people please mukupangisa Malawi manyazi malo wokapa alendo kuti azibwera muziko mwathu azapeza kt black out wake up Malawi ziko likuramulidwa ndi bwapini ndimwana wasatana mazi akuvuta magesi mulibe njala iyo yikupweteka aziphuzisi sakulandira Ana naweso amapanga mademo lero ndi izi huleeee kaliati ndi Kondwani kuchulana maufiti kupusisa anthu kt akuyambana pamene anasasephana pobama ndalama chomwe muziwe mlungu si bwapini or chipani cha cashgate Dpp muzalira pasogolo frishiiiiiii people of Dpp

  17. You people forget that escom operates only when there is water available and that’s a natural resource which is very scarse these days in africa ,so if I were to condeme I wouldn’t pin it on escom but on us Malawians,not just Malawians but the locals because they are the ones who caused the reduction in the river’s water level.
    Escom and the president are not behind the power outages and they are trying their best to atleast supply in some areas…so as elderly people mudziganiza ngati anthu amadazi mwanva,it’s like all u who insult the president and other firms on Facebook Dint go to school at all..mxieww

    • Boss yes water runs the machines so y can’t the tap electricity from Moz like other countries? Coz not any time soon water will b available, it’s time fr government and Escom bring in solution t such problems the sooner the better, we knw of the get power from Moz it will raise the price but it’s better we pay higher fr a perfect service.

    • Mvula Ikagwa Amati Matope Ndiambili,,,summer Amati Madzi Akuchepa,,,,iwowo Sapeza Ma Solutions Bwa??Aaa Muwaona December & January Akunamizila Akt Matope Matope,,,,iweso&escom Mxieew!!!!!!!!

    • I can tell that some of us we are good at pointing out, without pick up what we are arguing .Someone has raised up a very interesting point and someone is coming for argument. This point out that some of us we really don’t know what we are talking.

  18. This is the best time when water & electricity should be given a priority! MBCtv ndi anzanu, wake up! Pangani kalondolondo/ chindunji ku ESCOM in addition to nkhani za m’banja la MCP.

  19. Food for thought for govt. Look for solutions please. We definitely can’t keep living like this. ndirande residents are absolutely right

  20. nawo apolice achimalawi kumangoti chilichonse angawone basi kulowelera ndi ma teargas awo, osafutsa chomwe chasitsa zaye. Tsiku lina akufunika azawone chomwe chinatengera nkhanga ku barbbershop. shutup!!!

  21. first find out the problem,it may might be amongst who are on massive cutting down trees or incompetent escom or corrupt government officials behind,escom is not only operating in malawi but across the world,here in uganda we don’t have big problem with escom

  22. If this is a national problem pliz the black out should not be affecting the very same areas.Sizoona kuti madera omweomwewo magetsi kumavuta pamene madera ena zakuti magetsi amavuta akungomvera anthu tikamadandaula

  23. I think Escom has failed us completely, attributing this snag to low water levels is the insanity of highest level by escom for they envisioned already the consequences of climate change but failed to alert the government about the looming danger of their job becoming otiose.so this escom thing must stop making empty justification to the product of their own mediocrity lest they risk arousing our rancor and acrimony. foolish escom thing.

  24. Do Not Underestimate the majority of ignorance among the wise ones,they can convince someone to buy sand in desert,malawi is not only country facing loadshedn,i hav been to zambia! zambia is a major supplier of electricity to more that five african countries namely congo,zimbabwe etc,its abt rains,n human activities also has playd great role to wat malawi is facing,its more than deforestration,its wantoning,please please imwe oshoka malasha its too much mufunika kutengako part to cover where u r cuttn trees, Peter,Escom or Dpp Does not work for rain departmnt

  25. We need to hve un-interrupted supply of power to every citizen.If this thing called escom playz a selective way of supplying electricity; then lets demonstrate to show them that power is with us.

  26. koms kumalawi. masankhasankha. kulephera kupita ku sadc conference ankati akusunga ndalama koma kwa America ndiye kupita tasungapo chani? inde ndine mbuli koma apapa logic yavuta kukakhwasula ndalama basi abrazi. koma ife amalawi tili phe. ena akayesa kuyankhula muziwatenthera galimoto. God is watching

    • Brother ngati magetsi’wa samabvuta ku #somalia dziko lankhondo kuli bwanji dziko ngati Malawi lomwe tili pankhondo yolimbana ndikudya mbewa, zitete ndi zina. ..? guess there’s no president in Malawi

  27. wiwa fuck your ass if you. do not have anything to say keep quiet osamalankhula ngati ukulankhulira kumatako wamva eti? do you. think ndirande people they don’t use phones you musnt sit ontop of your brain we ndirande people were malawians citizens desipite nyumba zathu zosallongosoka koma muzambiri we still depend on electricity vomerezani ndinyapapi wanuyo kuti zakukanikani apolice nawo ndizitsiru amangotengeka zilizose ngati nawo they’re politicians fools

  28. During Bingu amati kuli nyani amene akuthimitsa magesi.
    I agree on what G Malunga on what said.
    Koma vuto ndi chani?
    Kodi simungabwere poyera nkutiudza.
    Zatitopetsg tsopano mwamva.
    Its nt fair mipando ikuluikulu ngt imeneyi nkumaikapo munthu chifukwa chakuti anathandizapo nthawi ya compaign.

  29. I don’t see why don’t you sign a contract with one of Africa’s Giant Electricity Supplier” Cahora Bassa” here in Mozambique we have no these problems of Black Outs!!! It’s sad for you there I was there this August but the situation is really bad!!!

    • the leaders are so greed over here. They embezzle money like nobody’s business. They don’t think progressively as you are suggesting. It has been a song for yrs especially as we approach the general election that they shall discuss with the government of Mozambique for such a project…. SADLY nothing tangible takes place

    • That’s it, I remember when that lady was in charge came here in Maputo and discussed about that, when your current President Stepped in said no, but it would be better for your own economy coz without Energy or with constant Cuts no Business can truly go on!!!

    • Jonathan Ryan Semu this kind if thinking won’t take you anywhere. Don’t act as if u r enjoying the blackouts…we don’t eat the politics the fruits of good governance is tangible developments….nowadays with the technologies nothing can be done without electricity ….is one of the Basi needs now not wants. Don’t b too blinded if r a follower of a certain party.first b a Malawian citizen then a politician.

    • Jonathan, Do you think am I interested in being there??! This is an Online page that everybody around the World can see, I don’t know why are you bothered with me, did I insult somebody? Or you have just smoked your weed then you want to argue with no reason!!!

    • Its Not Only Malawi Facing This,I am Current In Lusaka Zambia For Some Years Now,I Tell You Its Been Bad Aswell, Most Of Big Rivers Has DriedUp,Luangwa,Victoria Falls Theres No Water That Can Help To Rotate The Tabines,Escom Or Peter Or Dpp does Not Work For Rain Departmnt

    • I have been to MALAWI several times this problem is from a long ago!!! Even South Africa use Cahora Bassa!!! I hope the Government does something tangible for this, no future without energy, wish you Good Day!!!

    • Yeah have a good war day in mozambique!!! do u see us interfering in ur issues?? Does everybody in mozambique have power?? Only 12% of people have access to electricity in mozambique Why cant u use your cahora basa to connect to your 88% of the people who have never switched on a light bulb in their life??? 136years after thomas edson invented the light bulb 88% of Mozambicans have never switched on a bulb in their entire life they are still in villages and you are here bragging about having cahora basa??? Why should cahora basa benefit south africans etc when ur mozambicans are living in darkness??? Shameful mozambique. This year we hosted your pathetic people in mwanza who ran away from war we gave them everything food water schools and some of them it was their first time to be in class stay out of our issues this is an internal matter for malawians!!!

    • Ibrahim Idrissa, Cahora Bassa is a Company not a Charity Firm, so to have it you need to have money for that! Even if it comes there is not everybody that is going to have, but those who have will have a good quality of energy! Thank you!!!

    • Our President is very stupid he knows all these problems & he can solve it through cabora bassa but he is busy eating money and solving his problems.If i say i hate Mr mtharika,i mean it.

    • Where do the proceeds and profits from cahora basa go??why cant u to subsidise your power so that more mozambicans have access to power?? Only 12% have access to power that is pathetic i would have admired u guys if atleast 60% of your population had power not 12% if people dont havr access to power they are marginalised economically which means 88% of your population is marginalised why dont you work on changing that??????

    • Don’t forget that we are still in Africa, almost the Politicians have same behaviour, of corruption, but what am talking here is the quality of energy not Politics I hope u got my point

    • You mean u gave out your resources to a company that works at maximising profits for their own benefit?? Does the company manufacture water?? all resources in mozambique, cahora basa, mines, the indian ocean etc must work to benefit mozambicans why should u work on maximising profits for men in boardrooms when pipo are suffering? Cahora basa was developed by your colonial masters and its purpose was to serve south africans!! Why produce power sell it to south africa leaving your people destitute?? your people end up going to south africa looking for jobs where they are abused does that make sense??

    • That’s y there is war here because of this, the oppOsition wants everything to benefit mozambicans not a bunch of Corrupt Leaders but soon everything will be for all mozambicans, I hope it happens there as well!

    • We are already on a path to self reliance!!! Personally i dont like us connected to cahora basa because what if we are connected to cahora basa power today and two years or sometime later there is a policy change in mozambique and u guys dont want to sell power to malawi anymore?? Malawi will be left destitute right??? U see why our president is reluctant on ur cahora basa???
      We are developing our own coal power plant in neno with the help of the chinise if thats developed i dont think we will give a heck about cahora basa and south africa is developing its own nuclear power in addition to koeberg nuclear power station so starting from 2021 south africa will not need cahora basa anymore !!! So as u can see everybody is busy trying to be self reliant maximise ur cahora basa now develop manufacturing industries there. selling power to other countries is not sustainable and will not get u anywhere.power is a resource that can spur economic development in mozambique use it to develop manufacturing industries….instead of selling power u will be selling finished products etc
      work on developing your economy increase economic opportunity for ur people.war is not a solution the opposition was told to disband and form a political party why are they insisting on being a militia??

  30. Kodi paja anthu yawa sakumvetsetsa. Ma demo sachita usiku. Amachita masana. Ndiye zausikuzo, enanu muluza nazo moyo chifukwa muma demo momwemonso muli mbava.

  31. Brave ndirande residents always representing….Police why interfering with peaceful n noble Demos as if u ve electricity n good houses?????

  32. Mbavz yaikulu ndi iyo yapita kukatafuna misonkho yathu ku america bwezeleni green khadi yake nyaphaphi.kusekelela zopepela basi,ndi dziko liti limathima magesi chonchi ntchito kuba basi mbuzi za anthu inu.