Malawians in the capital city, Lilongwe will hold peaceful demonstrations against prolonged blackouts that have rocked the country.
According to a statement signed by organiser and human rights defender Billy Mayaya, the demonstrations will take place on Wednesday, 8th November.
The letter that has been copied to Officer in Charge of Lilongwe Police and ESCOM Regional Office says demonstrators will gather at Area 18 round about from 7am.
“Thereafter we shall proceed to City Centre roundabout, make a u turn up to the traffic lights and turn left to ESCOM Offices.
“A petition will be read and handed over to ESCOM representatives. Thereafter, demonstrators will disperse peacefully,” reads the letter.
Meanwhile, ESCOM has introduced a new program to ensure equitable distribution of electricity.
According to a press statement from ESCOM, in the new Electricity Management Programme (EMP), a day, which comprises 24 hours, has been divided into three equal segments of 8 hours each and therefore its domestic customers have been divided into three equal groups.
According to the new model, a day will be starting from 4am the first day and ending at 4am the next day.
It is said that on the first day of the week, the first group will be on electricity supply from 4 am to 12 noon and the second group will have electricity from 12 noon to 8pm while the last group will have power supply from midnight to 4am.