ESCOM hikes blackout-persistent electricity tariffs by 25%

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Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) will be hiking the rates that Malawians pay for blackout-persistent electricity by 25%.

The hike, likely to come into effect next month, will see people pay out K73.23 from K58.80 per kWh following MERA’s extraordinary meeting held on 22 November which approved ESCOM’s request to hike the electricity rates.

Escom House fireOne of the local weekend papers, Malawi News has bashed the hike, saying it will “worsen people’s already dire situation”.

On its editorial, the paper questioned the rationale behind the hike following reports of corruption and fraud at Magetsi house.

“Malawians are for nothing else apart from the chaos, corruption, fraud, incompetent and deception, evils that have been left to thrive with freewill in entities such as MERA, ESCOM, and EGENCO”.

Blackouts have now become a norm in the country with most parts experiencing over 24 hours without electricity.

To help ease the situation, the country’s electricity generator, EGENCO, was issued with a green light to set up standby generators worth K54 billion.

But according to published reports, the tender awarded process has been marred with fraud with evidence showing that ESCOM and EGENCO manipulated the process to give South Africa based, Aggreko Power Solutions, a leeway in winning the tender to supply the generators. The contract has so far been signed without following contractual agreements.

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  1. Plz magetsi ochokela Ku ma generators muwapangile ma lines awooo, kuti amene akugwilitsira magetsi WO azilipila mitengo yawo…I knew this

    Kuti mafuta ama generators WO amalawi adzigula wokha, kukwedza mitengo sichina koma kuti mafuta tizigula tokha a Malawi, tizilipila mitengo yokwela,,

    A Malawi tivutikaaaaaa,,,,,, mark my word

  2. Tom Kelly Ellie Debby Kate Russell Cape Kay did Holly mention that we found a Magnum of presseco for £11 the other day? Just sayin

  3. mfana wa escom, tsitsa magetsi akowo osayakawo. Smash escom cars and burn them, they are stealing from us. There should be another electricity company, Escom has failed us

  4. Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, in his 37 years Malawi had Kamuzu, Bakili, Bingu, Joice Banda and now Peter. Mugabe gave his country 24 hrs power supply but our 5 presidents could not give us power supply. Mugabe did not borrow money but we borrow despite resources but still no light. If other countries are celebrating the fall of Mugabe, it should not be Malawi. I will rather have a Mugabe in Malawi than the bunch of never-do-wells we’ve had in 37 years. Zimbabwe remains the most educated nation in Africa. People who speak down on education…. have you seen what education has done to Zimbabweans? *No car burnt, No house burnt, No buildings destroyed and no life lost* (in short they were also praying and shouting fire… without tender… no reports on violence and fires) *AND YET THEY HAVE REMOVED A PRESIDENT FROM OFFICE .* I totally understand why they say these are the most educated people in Africa . The effect of their education shows . It may not make everyone a millionaire or rich but it certainly produces rich minds. We need to learn from Zimbabweans.

  5. Mundiuzileko anyanio abwele kwathu azacose cigwe vaoci I don’t need t.apo biii ndiziyanikapo matewela cox ntchito yake sindikuiona

  6. Escom officials plus whoever gives them orders to hike the tarrifs anyhow must have worms in their brains. When did Malawians become objects to be kicked about? 2019 will answer our silent prayer & wish

  7. When I told you that these generators will come with hike every 2 month. You will feel it. When I said that generators will bring hike I was insulted. Take politics aside we are in shit

  8. Nononono! Guyz Lets Put Politics Out In This Issues,where Ever Things Goes Wrong We Point President,does President Work To Escom Or Waterboard?Lets Find Out Deep Causes Of The Problems And Have Solution Amicably,pointing Figures Cant Solve Anything,i Waz In Tanzania Last Months I Spend 12good Hourz Without Power But Nobody Point Somebody,demand Is High While Supply Is Low Why Population And Development Agaist System Of Water Capacty In Our Falls.Who Among U Doesnt Use Chalcoa?Most Of Our Liverz Dried Due To Human Activies,how Do U Think Things Can Work Propely?Where Ever There Is High Population And Poor Usefull Of Resource Thingz Doest Work. Everyone Among Us Should Be Able To Control Population And Sustain Environment,wealther Is Changing Everday Because Of Human Activies,even If Ballack Obama Can Read Malawi It Cant Change Anythings.

  9. Nononono! Guyz Lets Put Politics Out In This Issues,where Ever Things Goes Wrong We Point President,does President Work To Escom Or Waterboard?Lets Find Out Deep Causes Of The Problems And Have Solution Amicably,pointing Figures Cant Solve Anything,i Waz In Tanzania Last Months I Spend 12good Hourz Without Power But Nobody Point Somebody,demand Is High While Supply Is Low Why Population And Development Agaist System Of Water Capacty In Our Falls.Who Among U Doesnt Use Chalcoa?Most Of Our Liverz Dried Due To Human Activies,how Do U Think Things Can Work Propely?Where Ever There Is High Population And Poor Usefull Of Resource Thingz Doest Work. Everyone Among Us Should Be Able To Control Population And Sustain Environment,wealther Is Changing Everday Because Of Human Activies,even If Ballack Obama Can Read Malawi It Cant Change Anythings.

  10. Ine ndili pheee kumudzi kuno ndi ma Solar Panel awiri (200 Wts) ma battery awiri amphamvu ndimaonela Plasma plus hometheater kuunikilanso pompo (24hrs) ndilibe nkhawa ine bola dzuwa bac

  11. Tinyanya kufatsa mopusa nanga si timangokuwa mma facebook mu no action kupanga ma demo kungopita anthu 5 basi..no wonder we are taken for granted

  12. they want that 25% to be used in running the gensets kkkk why not selling the company to those who can manage to run it, or inshort allow those who want to open there electrucity companies to come in, escom is alone thats why akumatumbwak

  13. kkkkkkkkkkk koma kumeneko Malawi wafikapo anthu kulira ngati mbuzi kuti meeeeeee, ndizowona amalawi ndiye ananena mukfunayo ine sindinamusankhe kuti ankhale MFUMU yanu koma poti mwatero ankhalebe MFUMU yanu ( koma) adzakuzuzani , lero ndizimenezi aliyese akulira ,onenayo anpitiriza motere ankhungu onkha onkha sangatsongolerani njira kuopa kuti angwe mbunaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa amalawi tiri ngati tiwana tankhanda toti kutiuza kuti usalire ndikundulira ndege uva mmmmmmmm zikomo pamene olo sipokosi yanjinga yakapalasa kwanuko palibe anangulako

  14. U escom leaders and ur office ur so inconsiderate,why raising tarrifs and yet wr have no light are the citizen going to be paying for black outs hahahaha

  15. The hike does not make sense. Why should we pay more for a sub standard service? You are failing to meet our expectations,thats why the quality of your service is hey wire. Clean your house first before hiking.

  16. Mera,Escom are beeing led by innane encephaloned people,hw do u expect someone buying aproduct of poor quality at high rate, aworn out shirt for example. Dont regard Malawians as senseless people.Maintain the quality of ur electricity and raise the rate afterwards.Dont just think of money but think of hw can u improve the quality of the electricity in this country.Escom and Mera may discuss of analtenative of power suply apart from shire river.U should also be fast on the issue of generators no matter u ordered them without proper chanel from SA.Plz know that electricity is another source of income to our country.Companies leanon electrity to produce quality products ,such being the case am requesting Escom to put much effort to electrify blackout problem

  17. Sure this goverment likes week bosses,that lady wad sucked bcoz she did not give them any room for them to steal. Last decision was to suck her.Zimbabwelzation is about to happen here.

  18. Nothing wrong here.
    I thought people pay for what they have used?
    Unless you tell me that there is a fix amount per month (whether you use or no)
    DPP chiongolero.
    Koma chiongolero chake cha misenda ya mchengatu.

  19. Nde wina amvekere DPP 2019 bomaaaa!!! Abale kulodzedwa Kapena kupepeturidwa? This government doesn’t care about you malawian’s. The only solution to deal with this prince of Liars is to show him the exit door as soon as possible

  20. Vutonso la otilembela nkhani inu mumangolemba ma phrase sentence. Talongosokani bwino bwino akuti akufuna kukweza chifukwa choti akufuna awonjezere mphavu za magesi ndi ma generator oyendela desel

  21. Patriotic Malawians have you ever thought of why we are taken for granted as citizens? It’s because we don’t react to such foolish policies the stupidity of this leadership has found ground because we are simply too passive and full of fear we simply say yes to everything, here you will see thousands of comments when it comes to protest against this evil act only a handful of people will turn out, I plead with my fellow Malawians that lets join hands and start acting within our constitutional provision. Unless Malawian masses show the leadership that we cannot be pushed around we are set for a hike in everything it was DTRSS, water board and now ESCOM let alone the leadership is happy to drop the minimum wage rate!

  22. Pano ndasunga chikwanje chonolanola kale pa grinder cha meterreader wa ESCOM special gift for him.Akamazabwela kuzasiya ma bill ndikangopeza kuti yachuluka ndikumukhapa ndi chikwanje pompo.Anthu akuba amenewa.Mundipeza #Area 36

  23. munthu anazolowera Ku america angaziwe chiyan zaku Malawi ndi chimozmoz ma puleya oti ama panga threning’i nthawi zose Siku lamaswelo lafika kukalowesa ena oti sanapange nawo training Malawi ndiizi mukati ophumxila ndiwandalama atukula Malawi zilikuti lero …

  24. Surely, I boldly reminded U that “one eyed man is a king among ê blind”. (Chakwera must come in 4 him also 2 dance)

    Finki ovu whati malawiyanzi ara goying’i fuluuu?
    Evere fing’i izi jusiti reizidi.
    Godi helepu asi!!!

  25. hahahaha hero gvt which one is bigger between GVT and MERA a kuti. anduna kutukwana a Malawi we are against the move of tariff hike. so after ur against what have you done to stop it,,,, and indeed if this move being implemented who is a big earner from those collection it’s you not escom or MERA. more over houses it’s tariff free, ,,,and you will see how it pain us when your authorities fade out and powerless

  26. Statutory corporation seats are politically motivated.u need just to listen to nonsense but that sucked lady from Escom did not accept that hence the removal

  27. Escom is failing to carry its duties effectively coz the company has no money .the company is almost on the verge of collapse. Funds were taken from the company .Paja mtunduwu suopa kulowa mma govt companies.where is MSB?Mai uja wachokera ku Escom.if the mother says sitiphika nsima lero ufa paja mwatenga bambo dzulo kummemo walakwitsa?????

  28. Darkness pali ponse… Dark heart of africa. Takusowani oyimba akale inu monga,, Mlaka, Billy, Lucius, Makamaka Matafale. We miss nyimbo zanu zozuzula, zophunzitsa etc. This would be the right time for the late matafale to compose btiful songs. RIP

    • Am so sure that mukugayaso ufa pa chigayo cha solar kuchipatalaso adakalumikiza masolar omweo moti anthu sakuvutika kuti awapange ma operation

    • Dont think about your own welfair there others who need other peoples help including the government and well wishers but it does not mean they dont work hard but in life you can’t own everything

  29. When i say Peter is an idiot muziti ndanyoza? Can you imagine what he has just done. He should have stopped this shit until the blackout crisis is over. This companybhas beem hiking the tarrifs but nothing changes. He is ugly n he is showing it. He should have beem ugly physically not both. Zomati mkazi amakongola mkati ndizabodza. Our president is is ugly both inside n outside. The bad part of it is that whenever he speaks is like he is eating something. Atumbuka n a Chewa lero mwandipumako. bwampini amenei akufunika kumuthila fire. Kmabe chakwera saza wina coz he is too talkative n he doesn’t give solutions to the problems nde akagwereh

  30. The results of poor leadership in Malawi is everywhere.How do u expect people to pay more money to you when there is too much blackouts?
    Tell president of Malawi that
    He is very stupid & the entire DPP is headless also

    • Nadal Babz kikikikiki I will tell the true y Malawi is facing this problem. Not by giving funny excuses kuti oh we hv low water in the lake. Like real!!!! ESCOM is the most richest company in Malawi… Y buying little watts wen u know the company receives lots of money and Can buy lots of watts… Zoona only buying 147watts for all Malawi zoona. Tell the truth. 😡

    • No no my dear …its ok okkkkk . But aware bit issue abt malawi facing . but here i just want to ask you tht wht steps you will take if peter come at ur home and allow you to be one month president of Malawi ???

    • Kkkkkkkk guys i like ur comment dont giv up but let us be together and find a solution to solve or save our country. As we said now the factory haz been stopped the business that was bring job opportunity even cement ija amati atsitsa mmmm yakweratu ndi K1000 that is not easy for now. Zikomo kumpando I rest my case.

    • Giving up is not a solution as others have stated. Failing to vote is voting for someone you dont feel can lead the nation. Vote for the one u like. Your vote counts.

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