Blackouts will end when Lake Malawi is filled to the brim – Escom

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The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has told Malawians that for the country to have no power cuts, Lake Malawi must be filled with water to the brim.

Blackouts are order of the day.

Escom made the claim through its Facebook page after a customer posted a question on the page asking if the rains that have been falling have been enough to raise water on Lake Malawi to necessary levels.

Responding to the query, the electricity supplier said the rains are falling but Lake Malawi is yet to have required water levels.

“Tikufuna yodzadzitsa Nyanja. Mvula ikugwa koma nyanja sikudzadza. Madzi akali ophwera ndipo sakukwana kuphika magetsi. Koma tili ndi chiyembekezo kuti mvula ikapitilira zinthu zisintha.” (The rains that have fallen so far have not been enough to fill the Lake. Water levels are still low and we cannot manage to generate power but we are hopeful the situation will change),” said Escom.

However some people on the same platform argued with boldness that Escom is not serious with the service they deliver.

Over the past five months there have been persistent blackouts across Malawi with some areas going over 24 hours without power.

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125 Comments

  1. Blackouts idzatha MALAWI mukadzasiya chilichonse kuikapo ndale komanso zizaenda ngati ma TOP BOSSES adzakhale azungu not mmalawi 2 MUCH katangale

  2. They have now changed the tune from shire to lake mw,if pple call Malawi a failed nation,we r all up in arms against them.when the laje film to the brim another tune will come in trash tune.

  3. Malawi put on new tentacles now the old goggles are full of dust.Architects,enginners,economists,surveyors where are your technicalities.I’m crying for my beloved country malawi this coming 20yrs

  4. In malawi we have only fault finders&not problem solvers.Malawi has put on its goggles that it should have a clear vision for its own future.52 years no new inventions to arrest current problems.

  5. That’s rubbish! Accept that this Escom is composed of useless so called Engenders with empty minds, all they know is travelling and getting allowances! Doctors show their skills by personally working on the patient himself/ herself, but you Engenders you just sit in the office reading newspapapers why not brain storming to solve this problem affecting our nation, Malawi is on the verge of closing down if not checked

  6. Why Cant We Try To Recycle The water From Lake Malawi . Just Think Alot Of Water Goes Down The Shire River And Never Come Back But We Need That Water To Turn Our Machines. So Why Cant We Turn That Water Back Into Our Lake Again, We Have To Set Up Some Pumps And Long Pipes From Lower Shire Pumping Water Back To The Lake For Electricty Generation

  7. Don’t blame lake Malawi you thieves, just deal with the problem, your machines are not working stole the money, did you not burn escom house?

  8. When did we start feeling the pains of black out ? Even when the water level is high you hear stories of monkeys electrocuted, people are cultivating along shire river hence the trush , the generators needs rewinding by an Indian company , the transmission wires and poles are out dated so many excuses that will never end , don’t tell us just leave us alone. We sick and tired to hear lies.

  9. let not depend on water too much on our electricity,,let us ask the Government to plant Solar Power Stations..Malawi will be better.

  10. A bunch of failing graduates running Escom like headless chickens. One day they appreciate the pain you are bringing to innocent souls…….

  11. 2+2=4 even if you try to sorve it hundred times nothing will change the answer,as long as it is the same power stations,generating the same amount of power megga watts,even if lake is filled,these power stations will only generate the power which they are capable of,to solve the problem,Escom must first upgrade the power station,to generate the power equivalent to the grid demand,Escom is falling back than increasing demand for electricity power in Malawi

  12. I think we shouldn’t brem Escom but Malawians should brem ourselves as Escom is saying Guys tanyanya kudula mitengo this is causing siltation of rivers so as the lake and this lowers water table i have seen alot of chacoal kuotchedwa mmizindamu inu mukuona kuti zomangodula chilengedwe mwachisawawa ndizabwino? I think God should intervene about this ndithu

    • Bro palibe dziko lomwe sakudula mitengo..our system yopangila magetsi sili sharp… In other impruved hydro electric plants, madzi omwe azunguliza turbine are recycled omwe omwewo nkumazungulizabe turbide..this works evn ndi madzi ocepaa…

  13. As we all know Malawi, soon there will be a scandal concerning Escom that they bought water bouncers to pour water into the lake so the lake can be filled to the brim, as if that’s possible. Cry my country

  14. 2014-2015 kunali dry kupotsa pano koma magetsi sankazima moteremu, osangonena chilungamo cha nkhani bwanji zalowa ndale zinthuzi mwachidule tingotero muzayankhula koma kusogoloku mukudziwa choona koma mukulephera kunena mwasekeka pakamwa

  15. Zamages siyilan eni wake monga south afrca,mozambq,tz ifeyo ndngolimbikila paufiti&kuba zathu zomwe.not escom but boscom:black out supply commission of malaw.

  16. Mukunamiza ndan inu chilungamo mumachiziwa nokha zikatero muzizanenaso pepani tikuchotsamo zinyalala zinadzadza mix anthu akufa aaaaaa muphunzire kuuza mtundu wa amalawi chilungamo chokha chokha

  17. What i have seen is dat this organisation has failed its job. When the country will receive alot of water through rainfall they will come 2 tell us another nosense

  18. Mmmm mxiiim, these Escom guys now, why can’t u fill ur brain to the brim instead? U’re stupid, waiting fo th lake to share u favors, u mean th lake must show u what to do wth ur job? Mbatata zenizeni.

  19. Kkkkkk does this make any sense? ?
    So you mean there is need to extend the Lake Malawi so it should keep much water??
    Which brim are u talking about?
    Why taking people ku ntoso ngati nyamaa yaaa….? Ok…muona ikatha mvula atiuza za zinyalala …esh kkkkk

  20. Ife ayi ku jons 24hrs kuyaka no problem a peter ndi ena afunseko nzeru kwa anzawo ku Malawiko ntchito kusowa, mankhwala kusowa , cakudya kusowa, magetsi black out, dzinthu kukwera mtengo, umphawi wadzawoneni mmm zawonjeza cabwino n’citi

  21. Vuto si Lake Mw or anyani ai pamenepo ndikutsutsen abakha a escom.. Vuto ndiloti mukadagwiritsirabe ntchito makina anu akalekale aja panthawi yomwe population inali pa 6million pano population yakula simukufuna kugula makina ofanana ndi population ilipoyi nkhani ndikubera anthu ndima bill anu abodzao..

  22. hahahahaha……as if water levels shall remain to the brim forever,and the question is what if not??…these escom guys should wake up

  23. Just tell the nation the truth that you made a mistake by selling off those machines at a give away price to Zimbabwe because of your master’s unsatiable appetite for quick money.You thought you would replace them with new machines upon receipt of World Bank money which you also missappropriated.

  24. Manyazi mulibe Mbuzi za ma bwana ndi atsongoleri chuma cha Boma chambiri simukudziwa kuti chawonongeka pa thawi ta khala ya man black out sitidzatukuka ife a Malawi tatiyeni tiwone pa Tanzania apa technology amatiposa ife timaphunzira sukulu Yolanda nayo phindu ma university tili nawo koma opandanawo phindu TCHITO KUPATSA ZIMIMBA AZIMYI basi Ndizimene timadziwa shame

  25. olomufune olomusafune magetsi athima posachedwa, tinazolowela kumaziwa kuti lelo azima kwa ntopwa mazulo ayaka kwa goliyo ndeemukuti bwanji nakhala kumalawi magetsi osazima

  26. To say the truth you ara failures, during the times of Bakili Muluzi there was also not enough rains but electricity was there and we have never heard kuti magetsi kuti asiye kuzima nyanja ikhute to the brim, this is a total lie. Tell us the truth escom, or just tel us to hav Solar Energy because you hav Failed.