‘Give us power enough for the country’: This should be Malawi prayer on electricity

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A news story claiming that Malawi will be exporting electricity soon shocked Malawians.

The story that was covered by the state broadcaster in Malawi on electricity raised eyebrows among citizens with one Journalist Upile Kaisi writing on her social media platform that ‘it is the joke of the millennium.

The shocking news by the state broadcaster MBC.

The reaction to the news show how people doubt whether the reports could come true at a time when the country is facing hiccups to supply electricity to its citizens.

Citizens in Malawi are experiencing the worst power cuts in history as some residents are going over 24 hours without electricity.

Authorities disclosed that the country needed over 300 megawatts for its citizens to have power all day everyday but the water levels in Lake Malawi halts the maximum capacity of the hydropower machines that generates electricity.

Then government disclosed plans to install 36 megawatts from generators with 6 megawatts generators installed in Mzuzu costing K587 million per month on diesel purchase.

Government through Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) also disclosed plans to have additional 70 megawatts from solar power.

But why the doubt?

According to United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Africa Fact Sheet on Malawi, 10 percent of the population access electricity with majority of people in the rural areas having 5 percent access to power.

The statistics show that Malawi has a long way to go in solving electricity challenges, but the coming in of Power Africa Support to fund Malawi with $1.6 million in 2016/17 fiscal year to support Millennium Challenge Corporate (MCC) Malawi Compact brought hope that power cuts are to be in the history of the country.

Through the MCC compact, the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) awarded a grant to Malawi’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining division to boost the energy sector with hydropower plant at Luweya River in Nkhatabay district.

Virginia Palmer

Palmer: We are left with no option than cutting funding on energy sector.

The US intervention on energy sector in Malawi was good news to the country that has been experiencing challenges on electricity but there are fears that the project could be halted.

The US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer said the country risks losing funding to boost energy sector due to rise in corruption cases in the energy sector.

Palmer told the local press some days ago that her country will be left with no option than cutting funding on energy sector in Malawi.

This reaffirms citizen’s doubt on whether Malawi is to be an electricity exporting nation soon.

However, Renew ‘N’ Able Energy Malawi (RENAMA) Advocacy and Communication Officer Wonderful Mkhutche disclosed that the country can export electricity in the future.

“Yes, if we as Malawians we focus on our renewable energy potential, we can be a power exporting nation one day. There is potential in this from our geography and natural resources. If we can exploit that we will have enough power for ourselves as well as for those who may need it outside our borders,” said Mkhutche.

But as it stands, Malawi has a big task on electricity amid other socio-economic challenges that the country needs to look at hence dreams of exporting power to neighbouring countries like Zambia and Mozambique that already produce thousands of megawatts are farfetched.

The rapid population growth that the country has, means the country’s demand for electricity is to go high as more businesses are to be needed that depend on electricity for citizens to earn a living.

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  1. This is getting out of hands. The money with is being abused why not build dams to keep water for hydro power. And build huge solar plants to back up the system. Our old power plants are old. Every president comes in also point out problem but not coming up with solution. The money is stolen,wasted, abused left right centre. We need a government of action not campaign.

    • …but it stated on da #headline that “it will be exporting & not importing “is that not something good to our nation ? Mwatani amzeru akummawa koma ??😊😊

  2. It was Aired on MBC…n we all know that MBC iz a public relations office for Dpp,,its a bublic funded broadcaster bt state controlled….its High tym they named it Dpp broadcasting station…..they lack proffessionalism

  3. 4give whoever said malawi will start to export power its slip of the toque how do u export something u dont have? He wanted to say that malawi will start to import power or is it a matter of language not knowing which is which lol

  4. Hahahaha kaya kwa inu mumakhala ku town ko ine ndili pheee kumudzi kuno ndi 200 Wats solar panel ndi Battery la mphamvu pambalipa Invetor moti zonse zikutheka kuonela Tv (Plasma) kuunikilanso pamenepo akakhala ma 4n ndingo charger no stress.

    Zanu muti za Electricty zo mmmmm! ndinayiwala ndimangodalira mphamvu ya dzuwa bac nanga titani poti amati kukhala Mmalawi ndikulimba mtima nde tiyeni tizilimba mtima bac.

    Koma ndimalinyadila dziko langa la mtendere ndi uchili vuto ndi atsogoleliwa angotidyela masuku pamutu nde osayiwala kt mulungu amaona chilichonse padziko pano.

    Muzayankha bac madandaulo athu zimungapeze mtendere ayi

  5. NOTHING HAS CHANGED SINCE YOU SAID WATER LEVELS IN SHIRE AND LAKE MALAWI HAS INCREASED. This is not a mere joke but also an insult to the nation.You gave us false hope and we’ve paid subscription only to be duped of our hard earned money.What a shame having power for 4 hours,I leave everything in the hands of the creator coz He is the Omniscient.

  6. Aaaa! So this joke came to us through state broadcaster? Meaning MBC? Kkkkkkk! How? Which neighbouring country can buy power from Malawi? Mozambique? Zambia? Hmm Stop your Stupid propaganda MBC. Can DPP manage that? I wish you said DPP Thieves will start exporting THEFTY and CORRUPTION to neighbouring Countries!

  7. Hahahah. Kodi n’nena ati chikusowa ndi chiyani pa magetsi anthuwa? Vuto tikudalirabe makina amodzi omwe anasiya Kamuzu inu mukungotafuna chuma chathu basi

  8. Mose Anayambila Muja Azafika Liti Magesiwo Pano Chaka Chatha Malawi Opanda Magesi. Magesi Omayaka 1hr Azima Nkumati Kumalawi Kuli Magesi?

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