‘Inefficiency’ Worries New ESCOM Management

New management for the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has challenged its employees that ‘inefficiencies’ in service delivery shall no longer be tolerated as the demand for energy continues to rise each passing day in the country. Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Sunday, ESCOM’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Alexon Chiwaya said the parastatal aims at complementing current on-going strides to lessen or eradicate the long standing load shedding schedules and blackouts nationwide. “It…

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Minister of Energy Defends MAREP 8

Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi, has told journalists that Malawi Rural Electrification Program (MAREP) phase 8 is an important program despite the continued challenges in energy generation. The minister spoke to journalists after officially commissioning MAREP 8 at Chinguluwe Primary School in Salima during the week-end. He explained that MAREP was more concerned with distribution of electricity to rural areas, so it is necessary to continue while challenges in electricity generation are being addressed. Masi…

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Govt Extends Malawi Rural Electrification Programme

Government has disclosed that it will extend the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (MAREP) Phase 8 program from June to December 2018 to allow for the electrification of areas that have since not benefited from the initiative. Marep Phase 8 is scheduled to wind up its activities on 31st May, 2018 after successfully lighting up 336 sites. Speaking Saturday when he switched on Marep 8 Chinguluwe Power Line at Chinguluwe Primary School ground in Senior Chief Kalonga’s area in Salima,…

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‘Blackout’ Era to End Soon

Government has embarked on short, medium and long term measures to improve power situation in the country in order to address frequent blackouts being experienced in the country. Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining  Aggrey Masi disclosed this on Saturday during the switching on of Michiru Power Line in Blantyre courtesy of Malawi Rural Electrification Programme phase eight. He cited construction of power plants, generation of power from solar sites and cross border power connection as some of…

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MCA Malawi Applauds ESCOM

In its quest to address constraints facing the country’s power sector, the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Malawi says there is effective corporate governance within Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (Escom) and other power supply partners in Malawi. This was disclosed on Thursday in Lilongwe at a dissemination workshop where the evaluator recruited by MCA Malawi presented results after assessing the performance for the power sector reform project under the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Infrastructure Development and Power Sector Reform projects…

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No One Deserves Compensation- Roads Authority

National Roads Authority (NRA) spokesperson, Portia Kajanga has said there is no one who will deserve to be given any compensation except a house which is closer to Area 18 roundabout whereby the case is now mediating in court. “All the structures that are within Area 49-Area 18 to Parliament Roundabout and Kaunda road were there illegally constructed,” said Kajanga. Kajanga said this Friday during Tentative program for community sensitization on health, safety and environment at Chimutu Teachers Development…

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Power Sector Investments Offer Hope

Under-investment in power generation coupled with El Nino-induced drought has driven energy poverty in the country to be subjected to power outages. As Malawians mull over how the power outages stunted economic development in the past two years, there is now a beam of light on the horizon. A peasant former from Dowa, Alefa Banda coughs as she walks out of a maize mill at Mponela in Dowa. Her expression on her face tells a story of happiness. “It…

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Illegal Electricity Connection Claims Life

An illegal electricity connection in Luchenza’s Municipality, Thyolo on Tuesday cost a life of a man after being electrocuted by bare wires in his house in a desperate attempt to rescue his daughter and wife who were the first to be in contact with uninsulated   wires. The man, identified as Gerald Sawuli, met his fate on Tuesday morning when he heard his wife and daughter screaming for help. “He rushed from his bed to see what was happening at…

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Power Woes to End in 2018 – Mutharika

Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has assured Malawians that the country would soon start enjoying blackout – free situations due to proper measures government is implementing towards improving the energy sector. President Mutharika was speaking on Wednesday when he commissioned 55 Megawatts Power Supply Generators at Chichiri Power Station in Blantyre. He said blackouts would be history come May 2018 because of installation more generators on top of the current diesel-powered generators the Energy Generation Company (Egenco) is…

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Mzuzu EGENCO Gensets Commissioned

Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) diesel powered generators meant to contain power outages installed in Mzuzu have been commissioned and are now are operational. EGENCO Chief Executive Officer (CEO), William Liabunya said two units which are producing four megawatts are operating as one unit was commissioned last week and the other on Friday. Briefing members of the press during a tour of the site, Liabunya said the Mzuzu project would be completed next week with the commissioning of one more…

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