Even Govt is tired of Escom’s excuses on blackouts

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Malawi’s Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Bright Msaka has attacked the country’s power generating company Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) over excuses on persistent blackouts.

Msaka said it is not justifiable that Escom continue citing low water levels as a major challenge affecting power production.

His remarks come after one of the cement producing firms, Lafarge Malawi, complained that power cuts have greatly crippled its operations in the past six months since the company has reduced its production from 250,000 metric tonnes to 150, 000 metric tonnes annually.

Bright Msaka

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Msaka said that frequent power outages experienced last year should have greatly improved by now since the country is experiencing quite a good amount of rainfall.

“With how the rains are falling now and for us to be saying water levels are still low, people cannot believe. There is just need for Escom to give people electricity. If their machine is faulty, they just need to accept that other than telling people about water levels,” he said.

Recently, Escom released a press statement saying electricity blackouts are expected to continue because water levels remain low in Shire River where its power generation stations are located.

In the press statement, Escom said the water levels in Lake Malawi which is the main source of water to Shire River have gone down to 472.97 meters above sea level from the normal 474 meters above sea level.

The persistent blackouts have left so many local companies worrying due to losses which they are making.

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87 Comments

  1. Clueless government doesn’t even know how to run a small country like Malawi. People are tired of your lame excuses, it’s just too much for a common Malawian.

  2. Vuto mabwana aKu Escom ndi a ndale. Amazimitsa dala magetsi kuti anthu azidana ndi dpp. Akakuchotsani ntchito muziti akukondera. Amayufi musamale Ku Escom ko

  3. Kkkk mw gv malo molongosola mavuto akuvuta kwa zithu ali bzy ndi kuba ndalama magesi anayamba kuvuta kale kale naso a escom akungogula zimagalimoto zodula malo mokoza mavuto kye .

  4. Malawi wanga tsopano, nyengo ya zuwa amabwera ndiyoti madzi atha ndiye mphamvu zikuchepa, pano Mulungu watipatsa mvula ija kukutiuza kuti madzi achuluka komanso kuli zinyalala kkkkkkk kukhaladi m Malawi mkulinga utalimba mtima ndi mavuto

  5. Kodi mufuna escom izikupatsani magetsi kuchoka mitu yao tali uzani boma lipeze njira zina zamagetsi osamango nyinyilika zili zose

  6. Who to blame ? The minister @ 1st u were backing escom i remember the rally apm had at masitha u told us water levelz r not quet well,then now ? i said who to blame?

  7. enough is enough, Escom boss must resign and let other people do the job. masiku ano palibe kusiyanisa pakati pa amene ali ndi magesi mnyumba ndi amene alibe magesi.

  8. But last time they told us that the problem will come to an end in raining season, so we are nw blessed with good rainfall , so what are u going to say now?

  9. Escom is a parastatal organisation meaning its owned by the govt and they(Escom) have their guidelines, memorandum and a protocal of concession with the govt as to how much they need to remit to the govt per a given period but the govt of Malawi is drawing quite substantial amounts beyond its limit,thus paralysing and incapacitating the statutory body making it insolvent,inefficient and incapable to purchase required materials to run its daily tasks sustainably.this now has become a political game,if the general manager of escom refuses to give in the money, then you know the answer,he will be fired same spot.govt owns billions of escom money which undoubtly will be paid back.

  10. Mesa amati ullenium amapangilanso magesi,komanso kupolytechinic akuphunzira chani? apange zoti mtsogolomuno tisadzadalire madzi wokha popanga magesi.

  11. Bushili watani tiyeni tigwilane manja pothandixana ndi boma bushili wanuyo anaanu adxawathandizanso kutsogolokuno tiyeni tileke kudzikayikila kma kumaganiza mozama kuti tikoze zithu

  12. That’s totally egonestric at 1st u wea blaming water shortage nd then you’ve varied the tune…you guys be realistic before the merachodic befalls occur coz this too much nd bored!!

  13. Inu simukudziwa chomwe escom ikuchitira akupangira zimenezi you politicians you are owing much money from escom nde iwowo akungobwezera chipongwe kwa anthu asanamizire zambiri

  14. kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk can some one help me kuseka kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk malawi @ fifty chani paja kkkk

  15. Whos to blame govt or escom management?did govt give more money to the sector to generate power?Dont expect development in malawi, electricity plays bg role in every day life!koma ndikale ndidayamba kumva ma excuses!

  16. Dzikoli likumvetsa chisoni, ndi koyamba pa history ya dzikoli. Magetsi ndi mbali imodzi ya moyo watsiku ndi tsiku. Ngati boma silingakwanitse nkhani imeneyi, tangozichepetsani muuzeni Prophet Sherpherd Bushiri , Major 1 athandize dziko lake. Amalikondabe dziko lake ngakha

  17. Yes this is good, may be ayamba kukokana ma shati pakati pa CEO wa escom ndi mkuluyi. Mkuluyi asafoke, akulu akulu a escom mpaka atakonza zinthu. Ndipo akadakhala awiri atatu anduna omaka escom mwina bwenzi atasintha mchitidwe woipawu. Asaaa!!

  18. Aaaaaaa!…Fuck u government U wanna put the blame on Escom Whilst Escom is in the hands of government it self W@$ that to hell with government we know what you are targeting we already know 2019 is soon after all so u are to defend yourselves but you should know as you already and we know u know It and we are certain about it You nevr succeed….You are the ones running #ESCOM so fix the problem Though i do not Bleive in prophets but i do support them Gods Given blassed man gave up himself to support This country for sake of us not you government Some countries accepted the help from Prophet Shepard Bushiri but u yourselves the government rejected the help from him And to the other hand all these staffs happening all these calamities they are clearly showing the ones running the government currently they are not capable of handling their responsibilities just being useless we r tired n sick of u gvtmnt #Fuck_U

  19. Govt why Do you stick to running Escom just sell it let competent investors run the show! Otherwise this iis a vote of no confidence to Escom enough is enough!

  20. During the dry season you told us that water levels are low we understood you now there is too much water or your machines are hydrophobic

  21. Escom Is A Shame,a Mockery And Sabotaged!We Have Failed To Watch The Match At The Newly Opened, Magnificent Stadium!Up Until Now We Stil Got Power Blackouts!We Develop 5steps Ahead And Rewind 10steps,welcome To Nyasaland

  22. Hahaaaa Muthawaa NKumalawi Kuno, Mukatseka Poly Anyani Amakhala Akugela Electrical Engz, Makamaka Module Ija Yogwetsa Maswitch, MukatseGula Poly Anyani Amapita Kumapraticals. Kenako Zinyalala Then Water Table Kuzangosikansoooo. Fire Them O Minisater Or Mr Watever There Ko U.

  23. Ng’ombe zayang’ana ku dazi bomu…..chikuvuta apa chilungamo chifukwa zaonetsa kuti nkhani ya madzi ndi zaboza….escom zoona inganene kuti madzi ali mu lake Malawi si okwanira ……lake malawi ili ndi madzi ambiri kuposa kaborabasa dam ya ku moshco…Kondowe wa ACB ndiye chitsilu chifukwa akanamanga mbala za ku escom bwezi mavuto amenewa atatha kale kale…..

  24. chilichose chimagwilisidwa tchito pa Malawi ndichakale komaso ndale nde izi zimangovulalisa amabusiness ang,onoang,ono monga amalo ometela ndiena odalila magesi.boma likuba ndalama zambiri bwanji ndalama zimenezo osangothandizila eniake amalawi monga chakudya,chipatala komaso magesiwo?ndale is indeed dirty game that i cant even play.

  25. Akuba amenewa ngakhale zomwe akumachaja mwakuba .Bomalo lachedwa tavulala ife ndi anthu amenewa ndati ngakuba.akulephera kuchosa meter asikerowa poopa kuti akabera kuti ndati ndimbava zedi.Tiyenazo msaka mbavazo ,zipangizo alibe dola adagawana.

  26. Useless government trying to shift the blame. How do you expect to sustain an ancient collapsing system without modern renovations. One day we’ll wake up to the whole electric system out of order. What a government we have.

  27. am in RSA but I have never seen blackout for more than 30min..here they also use the same name escom tho it is written Eskom but they don’t behave like you there in Malawi ..now my question is where are those guys working for escom did their studies so that every time when I want to chat with my girlfriend azindiuza kuti battery low..ndikabwela kumeneko ndithu pano ndizaononga zinthu ..ESCOM for sale inadvance..