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CAMA Slams Egenco, Escom On Blackouts

The Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) has lashed out at Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for failing to minimize blackouts affecting both households and business community.

Malawians are being subjected to prolonged blackouts despite the installation of the much touted diesel generators.

CAMA Executive Director, John Kapito said the country is sailing through troubled waters despite having diesel generators which were expected to reduce load shedding hours to a maximum of six hours per day.

“Instead of moving to a better level we are going backwards, and this is coming at a time when consumers have accepted high electricity tariffs which Mera [Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority] approved,” explained Kapito.

Recently Escom requested Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, Water and Development to increase the level of water flow in Shire River to allow Egenco generate enough megawatts (MW) for power supply.

The letter, signed by the corporation’s chief executive officer Allexon Chiwaya, argues that the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development recently decided to reduce the flow of water to 110 cubic metres, a decision the corporation wants reversed until end May this year.

According to the letter, Egenco is supplying 170MW instead of 220MW from the hydro generation, creating a deficit of 50MW and leading to prolonged load shedding of 10 hours per day for domestic customers and two days per week for industrial customers.