30 September 2016 Last updated at: 6:27 AM

Mutharika’s government ‘worst ever’

Firebrand activist John Kapito has branded the President Peter Mutharika administration as the worst ever government Malawi has ever had for its failure to find solutions to numerous challenges rocking the country.

Chief among the challenges, which have frustrated many Malawians, are the constant blackouts Malawians are experiencing.

Peter Mutharika

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Blackouts have been a challenge in Malawi for many years but they have reached an unprecedented levels over the past few months with many areas connected to the national grid not having power for over 12 hours a day.

Government and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) officials have explained that the current electricity problems are due to low water levels on Lake Malawi which are making the electricity supplier not to generate enough electrical power.

Still, the numerous hours of blackouts have led to frustrations among Malawians and Kapito was unbridled in his criticism of government when he took to Facebook on Thursday.

He wrote: “Massive blackouts indeed!!! But we still losing a lot of Kwachas paying engineers at Polytechnic Simungapeze njira pilizi [can’t you find solutions to the electricity problems] Boma lawola ili [this government is rotten] worst government I have seen in my life.”

Government officials were not immediately available for comment but the Mutharika administration has looked to focus on the long term when dealing with the issue of blackouts in the country.

One of the solutions Mutharika’s government has implemented is the unbundling of Escom into four companies in order to bring more investors into the energy sector and end the state corporation’s monopoly.

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