Lucius tells Mutharika to consult JB on blackouts

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Balaka North legislator Lucius Banda has called on President Peter Mutharika to consult his predecessor Joyce Banda in order to end electricity blackouts in the country.

The call by Balaka North parliamentarian Lucius was made on Wednesday at a press conference in Lilongwe where he was answering questions on his response to President Peter Mutharika’s remarks on electricity blackouts.

Lucius Banda

Banda ask Mutharika to consult JB.

During his speech when opening the 47th session of Parliament on 10th November, Mutharika admitted that there is a big problem in the country as thousands of Malawians continue having their businesses either suspended or closed due to power shortage.

He however continued his usual blame game on previous governments which he accused of not investing to expand energy generation.

But Lucius recently trashed Mutharika’s remarks saying the problem is due to unwillingness to continue what others started.

He said: The problem we have is that Malawians do not want to continue what our fellows started, everyone wants to let people know that he or she has arrived.”

Analysts Wonderful Mkhutche and Emily Mkamanga supported Lucius’ suggestions in separate interviews with Malawi24.

Mkhutche noted that there are a number of records and information left by former president Banda which Mutharika can draw some lessons from on how she dealt with the electricity problem during her two year term of office.

He said government should put aside differences which are currently there with the former president Banda to pave way for the end of electricity blackouts which are hindering a lot of people in the country.

Mkhutche

Mkhutche: What people want is electricity.

“Joyce Banda will not be consulted as an individual, we all know as a leader of government, she left important information on how she arrived at some of her decisions. It will benefit Malawi more if government can learn a thing or two and then improve on that.

“What people want is electricity not the existing differences between the Democratic Progressive party (DPP) government and the one before it,” Mkhutche said.

He however applauded Mutharika for showing commitment to end blackouts in the country.

The political analyst was on the other hand quick to express dissatisfaction over the introduction of generators saying the electricity problem in the country requires long lasting solutions.

“Government has come up with the generator solution but this will be another resource drainage. What we need are long term solutions. There has been emphasis on this, government should think beyond its terms.

“It makes no sense to use a lot of money for a short term solution just to be seen that it is working while leaving the nation without resources. There are solutions which can be manmade than relying on rainfall for our hydroelectric plant,” he explained.

Concurring with Mkhutche, Mkamanga said the move will help Mutharika a lot as electricity blackouts were on a different case during the Banda regime.

She said Banda’s entry into government in 2012 curbed blackouts which were a daily occurrence during the time of late Bingu wa Mutharika.

“Under President Bingu wa Mutharika, the country suffered with a lot of blackouts. So when Joyce Banda took over power, the blackouts stopped. Therefore Peter Mutharika can learn from her,” she said.

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  1. Hw old is Lucius n hw old is APM? KKKKK koma ndale xakuMalawi! Kungoyankhula kut anthu akuoneni kapena muli sure KT zomwe mukunenazo zingathandize? U r lucky Lucius kt unapanga dzina with music otherwise 2019 chako panalibe ndim’fundo zako zamatewezo.

  2. I would rather like government itapanga invest pa solar power in addition to hydro-electric power mwansanga kuti ena asowe chonena.otherwise if we continue placing our reliance on hydro,president aliyense sangadzakwanitse since its a combination of environmental factors or climatie change zomwe zikupangitsa kuti madzi azikhala ochepa mu nyanja yathu.choncho olo tiike ma plant ambiri a hydro,tsiku linabe tizalila.the only source of power yomwe sikusintha machitidwe ake ndi solar power,not generators or this hydro.kukubwelaku nyanja ikhoza kuzauma koma dzuwa silizasiya kuombabe..LETS THINK BIG IN A SUSTAINABLE AS WE ARE ADOPTING THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS…kwa muntho ofuna kuthandiza samadikila kuti achite kupezedwa for the help unless ngati munthuyo sakudziwa za vutolo.koma mavuto salodzelana,ofuna kuthandiza amangothandizapo,koma chomwe akufuna a JB ndi a LB ndikufuna kutchuka kuti ali ndi ma solutions ndi iwowo….as if abweretsa madzi munyanjamo…LETS BE PATRIOTIC TO THIS NATION,ITS OURS.Amene ali ndi mfundo zabwino tabwelani poyela muthandize anthu.wina waku kasungu he is supplying the whole community with man electricity.atapezeka anthu ngati amenewa without arguing with government,payenkha koma the whole village is electrified.ameneyunso kapena anakamufunsa JB???

  3. the problem iz the pple commenting dont follow current affairs, if u were sane enough u wud ask y lucius a UDF veteran wud suggest that from the president, get ur heads straight

  4. Mbuzi iwe unamuwonapo nachipanti wakoyo atakwera papolo LA magesi Joyce uti koma kaya ndi umbuli kaya chani mukufuna mutipase ndalama zatu za dege

  5. A Lucius banda anaba certificate ya Lucia banda kuti akhale a msce, bwanji iye sanachite consult za ma consequences akuba? Olo kumfunsa anene why magetsi akuvuta palibe anganene. Ndi mwai kuti nyimbo zimamugulira ulemu koma mmutu mwake ndi mavuto enanso.

  6. kapena pali ubale btwn jb n lucius b..y do u recomendng her on d tings sh ddnt fight for.u must b related.”sp”

  7. And the current government is also investing heavily in the power generation and such huge projects do not take one or two years but take five to ten years for one to appreciate.

  8. If I remember very well JB inaugurated the Kapichira Phase 2 which was built under Late Bingu Wamutharika, if the late President did not invest in electricity JB couldn’t have been a star as you are putting it. And JB needs to be praised for allowing the Millennium Challenge Account whose projects are still under way. JB praises should go to late Bingu for he was the one who had that vision of Kapichira Phase 2 project which helped JB to enjoy her tenure of office without load shedding let’s learn to salute where is due fellow Malawians.

  9. thats it, mr bwampini. just swallow your useless pride and go and consult mama banda on how she managed tame the blackouts which have characterized your reign. your tenure has been a big pain in the ass for malawians.

  10. Escom inalowa ndale,athu ali ku escom sagwilizana nd peter muthalika,ndiye LB sakunama coz zithuz mzopangana.ndye ngat peter akudana nd jb ndye kut akudanaso nd escom.izi sizidzatha ovutika ndfe omangotsatila

    • Athengo JB is a wasted sperm,kodi banja la anthu awiri limaphika nsima kapoto ka ndiwo,abeleka ana 5 plus achibale kapoto mkomweko simayo ingakwane.Jb bought used jenset and Peter has bought strong new genset hence electricity is set to be stable by Dec,Jan.Let us all c if escom will shut down power then we can prove your idea that escom likes Jb.

  11. Jb anachoka mdziko muno,ngakhale hand over sanapeleke mufuna achite kumulondola?Dziko ndilatose ngati a LB ali ndi zeru akadangonena zomwe iwo akadachita akadakhala mtsogoleri,zikakhala za nzeru dziko litengako nzerizo.Jb sadakonde mw bwanji Mugabe sanathawe?

  12. Thank God he did not choose one of us who have commented and replied to be the president of this Malawi, ooooooo eeeeeee muli ndi ukali anthu inu bwanji, Lucius akuziwa chani anthu inu? Nkhani ndi yoti ambiri mukudana ndi peter ndye nkumazimisa magetsi 25hrs kut mavoti ake achepe, mutakwiya ndi Bingu munkaweruka mma offesi anu ogulitsa mafuta ku Beira ma truck akumalawi akafika, ide nkumati president akutsowetsa mafuta, mwina kusaziwaku nkumene kukutipha, zonse zopanga magetsi nzabwinobwino koma chipongwe basi ndiye chakulako kumeneko.

  13. Bingu anagula machine kukaika Ku kapichira,Joyce anazangoyasa magesi, do u think DPP ingamazimise magesi dara,mupite mmisinje yomwe mumkasamba kale ngati muti mukapeze madzi

  14. Nthawi ya JB dera lakwathu magetsi sanazimeko, sindikudziwa madera enawo. Ulendo Uno kaya ng’ombe zayang’ana kuti kaya.

  15. Chokani a Grant Alexander Mphepo palibe chiziwa inu kodi mnyumba mwanu ufa ukatha mumaziwa tsiku lomwelo kapena ayi? Muziyankhula ngat ku sukulu munapitak paja alomwe ntchito kugwira nkhanu fotsek

  16. Poti.nanu a lucius mukupita kumpando.wachifumu omwewo tidzaona ngati muzawathetse Mavuto poti chikakhala kwanzako chimakhweka kuchikoka nyanga

  17. Zikuonetseratu kuti Ku escom kuli politics coz Magetsi anavuta nthawi ya Bingu osavuta nthawi ya Joyce kuyambanso kuvuta nthawi ya peter ma engineer ndi achipani chinachake

  18. Hahahaha jb ddnt come wt mesures ov ending blackouts but then it was bingu wa muthalika who built kapichira phase 2 and jb she just opened the project dats why blackouts were not ther during her era but people dont knw this

  19. DPP AND ITS LEADERSHIP,INCLUDING APM AS NATIONAL PRESIDENT HAVE ALWAYS ASKED CRITICS TO COME UP WITH SUGGESTIONS. LUCIUS HAS JUST DONE THAT. HE HAS NOT CRITICISED BUT HAS OFFERED SUGGESTION OR ADVICE. AND ADVICE OR SUGGESTIONS HAVE ONE COMMON THING:TAKE OR LEAVE IT(THEM)

  20. ulemu wanu soldier,vuta la a bwana awa ndi kumphunzira kwambiri,ndiye sangafunse nzeru kwa munthu wina,apatu ndiye bolanso atcheya

  21. I think these blackouts need both short term and long term solutions. Let them give us this short term solution while they are working on a long term one. May be solar energy would be cheaper than hire of gensets but looking at the season we are in , genets appears a better short term solution. I don’t think our government has sufficient resources to give us a long term solution unless they borrow or bring in competitors to Escom. What arrangements they make with ESCOM ,its up to them. I stand to be corrected. Ma blackouts anditopesa ine. Kkkkkk

  22. Ndale pamalawi zavuta. Kunena zowona tipeze njira zina zopangira magetsi kusiyana ndizomwe tikuyuza panozi. Malawi kugona tulo masana kodi uranium timkakumba kukaronga uja ali kti mesa tidakapangira magetsi. Lets learn from japanese, they hv large power solar schemes to supplement stupid generation as we a using here in malawi.

  23. Ukalamba ukamadza munthu umabwelera ku umwana amalawi bwanji kodi mukukhala ngati simukudziwa bwanji palibe chimene chingachitike apa you Lucius you’re right mum help malawi izizi …… izi zitisawukisa iyaa

  24. the issue is during jb time govt commissioned nkula 2 , a 64 megawatts hydro power station. now water levels are below recommended reveals. mind u at liwonde barrage water is no more regulated due to bridge construction. lets not politicize everything . mchitidwe wa finger pointing will not take us anywhere

  25. Awa ndi maganizo okonda dziko lathu osati ndale palibe vuto ngati atatero Mr presedent zikomo Mr Lucius banda kumeneko ndiye kukhala osati kunyoza mtsogoleri zikomo.

  26. anakangowachotsa onse amene akugwira ntchitowo chifukwa anaiwala kuti sitima gwetsa main switch anthu akugwiritsa magetsi

  27. What surprises and worries me sooo much is that this electricity crisis started soon afte this regime of Peter, kodi kumbuyo konseko tinalibe vuto lakuphwela kwa madzi??? Tinanali nalo, koma sitinayambe tafika pogula zima generators..This thing of gensets trust me it well take us nowhere its just a scheme of draining our tax Money.

  28. The thing is in Malawi we are used to pointing the finger when something goes wrong. First of all Global Warming has changed lake Malawi forever. It will probably never fill up again. The Shire river will stop flowing next year. This is our future unfortunatly. There are plenty of people to blame for not being able to think but that will not solve the problem. What is the biggest domestic consumer items? It’s not lights it’s not cell phone or televisions. It’s electric stoves and hot water heaters. If the government banned the use of stoves and hot water heaters we could cook with gas and heat water from the sun. With everyone using LED lighting etc. Guess what.. no need for load shedding….problem solved with 1 simple law. We could all have lights all.night long. This would be a temporary solution as when the Shire stops we are in deep problem and need to invest in solar and wind technology now as coal is not an option and diesel will bankrupt the country…. We need people to start thinking about the country and not their personal pockets

  29. ngati akukanika kulipila ma bill amadzi nde adzaķwanitsa kutilipila ife ogwila ntchito m’boma malawi yonse LAZARO YONA CHAKWERA akadzawina 2078

  30. Lucius ndi mbuzi yeniyeni iyeyo sakuziwa kut Bingu anamanga kapichira yomwe tima user nthawi ya Jb hahaha.munthuyu anaguladi certificate

  31. It’s like JB said I don’t care about companies,just give my people electricity power.then the Escom hastated then she fired them and give this instruction to the new board,and the new board agreed to her terms.Then the electricity was given to the locals,the companies could wait until night to perform their duties,later energy savers were distributed and adverts were announced on radios that madzulo tisamagwiritse ntchito magetsi koma masana.
    But this government came replaced the old Escom board with the JB which knows well how to eat Escom money,they start these silly blackouts just 2weeks after the professor was chosen,mpakana lero,these thieves had been writing quotation’s until today.
    Ask JB she might have a solution though Sherperd Bushiri also once claimed that he could do it in 48hrs so why not just consult him?we all know kuti the guy can do it with his own financial muscle so why not give him a post to tackle the issues?Peter thinks that the country can run with genset but hey it’s better to give those generators to companies than a country that’s just one way of syphoning our economy,ati tigawana Ena aziyika mapolo Ena ma wire kikikikikikikiki nonsense can a car run by two drivers?Peter that’s just the way of milking us more work up and fire those stupid drivers they are going to cost you your presidency,just saying.

  32. Lucius is very right this bigman has completely lost the track he’s no any strategy of governing and solving the problems that are affecting Malawians….kukula mtima ndikomwe kukuwapweteketsa akuluwa kusafuna kudzichepetsa

  33. Government must look for good experts people who can deal with this problem international not JB kkkkkkk other people very funny indeed they just comment because is famous person walankhula shame

  34. What Banda is saying its true ….JB solved the problem of electricity within 2 year but Muthalika is failing as well and blaming Joyce…He is a typical liar

  35. ANTHUNI!! Bvuto la ndale zachi Malawi ndi limeneli loti mtsogoleri wina akachoka pampando ndiye kuti ntchito zonse za chitukuko wathera nazo pamodzi: kaya mderamo mumamangidwa chipatala, sukulu, mseu, nyumba ndi zina zoterezo, zimangokhala bwinja, chifukwa ulamuliro wayamba ndi mtsogoleri wina ndi chipani chake. A MALAWI, kodi tikapitilira ndi m’chitidwe woterewu, dziko lathu litukuka?? Dzaka zambiri zadutsa dziko lathu silikusuntha chifukwa cha maganizo, mtima wa nsanje, nkhwidzi pa chitukuko cha dziko: Taonani nzeru ndi chitukuko zomwe adasiya KAMUZU, MULUZI, MUTHARIKA, JOICE, lero ndikunena pano ndi bwinja. Kodi mayesa ntchito za ulamuliro wa DEMOCRACY nzosiyilana monga ankanena malemu president BINGU wa MUTHARIKA (relay-race)? Mukatero kumakana chiri chonse anzanu adayamba, ndiye kuti umphawi uthadi pa MALAWI?? GANIZIRANI BWINO!!!

  36. Climate Change is real and the bearing consequences from the same are too bitter to swallow.It is high time authorities must start advocating at a door step zakufunika komanso mgwilizano wapakati pa zachilengedwe.A lot of resources should be allocated to civic education among other important interventions currently taking shape.To the political atmosphere,there is a need to stop taking issues of national interest personal.The “ndithetsa ndiine mabvutowa syndrome must die and together we should keep saying tingathe”.Politicians please stop fooling around with peoples attention at the expense of kuphaka money za chitukuko cha dziko.Sankiyu

  37. Chilungamo chimapweteka lucius sakunama vuto lili kumalawi munthu akayankhula mfundo yomveka anthu ambiri amvekere akudana ndi dpp, inu lucius sanapengeko misala kodi escom limalembedwa ntchito ndandani? mesa boma ndiye anthu akaloza chala boma ndikumati ndale iiiiiiiiii amalawi zikalakwika tizivomereza

  38. The role of poor n disorganised leadershp z misleadng… Had it bn m’makwawoso magetsi amazima sibwez zkuvuta chonchi !!! We r nothng to them

  39. Lucious this is nonsense idea,was jb working on escom that time?those who were working that time,are the ones who are working now,unless if u want to tells us that the issue of ekectricity is political motivated,we will agree with u

  40. Ndikukhulupira kuti anthu ena amangifuna kutchuka basi,anthu omwe amkayendetsa escom ndiomwewo akuyendetsa panowa,nwina mundiuze kt anthu ena akutumidwa nduandale kuti adzipanga zimenezi

  41. Mr Lucious, malangizo opita kwa mr president amenewo??
    Apa nanu zangowoneseratu kuti mwalephera kubwerasa mayankhotu,.
    Komabe ulemu ukufikeni

  42. I think those who were working during Joyce Banda are still there in Escom, they are the ones who know how this problem was solved then and therefore can still solve the same, Escom workers should be competitive enough in the field of electricity,

  43. Jb amachoka Nkula B ikugwila nchito pano they removed all machines that was providing almost 20meg wats ndiye mukuyembekezela daily magesiii?

  44. That means, the issue of electricity is a planned political move……. This is indeed bad politics and Malawi will never develop

  45. Lucius yo ndi ndan iyeo?stupid…..vuto LA blackout soon zitheka nde osazionesela kuziwa pa baba wathu APM..We still Love APM bcz We Know Soon blackout will Be A history….osafooka baba APM tilipo okusatani Ochuluka pano not adyela ngat Lucius yo ay..

  46. I think we need another electricity company to compete with Escom, they don’t care because they know we have no choice that’s why they continue with the black outs

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  48. jb anatibera ndalama.wakuba angapereke nzeru yanji kwa pulesident peter.a escom akumadzimitsa dala magetsi chifukwa sakupatsidwa mpata kuti aziba ndalama za boma.ndiye akufuna kumuipitsira mbiri president

  49. Arrogance is a big disease with the Muthalikas!. I totally agree that JB ( not a professor ) did a very good job on electricity. But why can’t Muthalika continue from where JB left? Kukula chifu basi nde ayamba yawo yoduka! Arrogance doesn’t help, neither big fake education does! Ask JB, we need electricity!

  50. May be she has the key…Pitala akuyenera kuyesa njira iliyonse mpaka vuto la magetsi lichepe otherwise ayiwale za 2019…mmmm wait- wakulanso munthuyu pofunika ayese zida zina

    • Mr blessings I hear u but these blackouts is not about weather,tangoganizani machine amene akupanga magetsi pano anayika mu nthawi yakamuzu but since then palibe ndi president olo mmodzi amene amkaganiza zopanga upgrade machine wa yet population ikukwera daily and anthu akupanga apply magetsiwo each and everyday.zanyengozo ndipongonamizila a escom akudziwa chilungamo koma sanganene kuopa kunenedwa.

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