5 October 2016 Last updated at: 9:28 AM

Malawians to protest against blackouts

Civil Society leaders in the country have announced that they will hold anti-blackouts demonstrations this month in Lilongwe.

According to one of the organizers of the demonstrations, Billy Mayaya, the protests will be conducted only in the capital city of Lilongwe because of security.

Mayaya said the demonstrations are aimed at forcing Escom officials to find an everlasting solution to the prolonged blackouts that have hit hard the country.

Billy Mayaya

Mayaya: Has given an update on the planned demos.

“We are still in the first phase and we will soon communicate once we have agreed with the police on routes which we are to take.

“These demonstrations will take place this coming October 17 only in Lilongwe because the police were reluctant to give us nationwide security,” said Mayaya.

He added that the reasons which Escom is giving for the blackouts are inexcusable because even the officials know that Nkula dam was built a long time ago.

The development comes barely a day after the Parliamentary Committee on Corporations said they will summon Escom over the power cuts.

The blackouts which in some densely areas goes up to three consecutive days, have also paralyzed the manufacturing industry.

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