Malawians will see their electricity bills rise as Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) plans to hike power tariffs.
This comes at a time when the company is filing to provide power to Malawians all the time.
The electricity generator wants to hike tariffs to enable it reduce the power challenges Malawi is currently facing.
EGENCO will use the money generated from the increased electricity bills to hire 78 megawatts diesel generators from Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom).
Egenco spokesperson Moses Gwaza told the local media that while Escom earlier proposed a 25 percent hike, the company will decide its own percentage after consultations with relevant stakeholders.
Power cuts which have been attributed to low water levels in the Shire River are affecting Malawians with some areas only having power for only five hours a day.
Egenco was expected to reduce the blackouts by using the heavy duty generators but the process of leasing the generators was cancelled by Office of Director of Public Procurement after it found that Escom manipulated the evaluation in order to award the $74 million contract to South Africa based Aggreko International.