“Be patient on Electricity!”-CSOs tell Malawians

Written by  Sam Phiri

Civil society organizations have said they are satisfied with efforts being done in addressing power challenges in the country.

Mkwezalamba: We have to exercise patience Mkwezalamba: We have to exercise patience

The organizations who had a high level stakeholders conference on the state of electricity in Blantyre however called on Egenco and ESCOM to open to Malawians and institutions of higher learning to give out suggestions on how reliable electricity can be generated.

Among others, the organizations were told about some of the challenges ESCOM and Egenco are facing in providing electricity to Malawians.

Apart from lowering water levels in the Shire River, ESCOM and Egenco officials briefed the organizations that government departments and individuals owe ESCOM a lot of money in bills, a thing which the CSOs recommended that every customer be put on prepaid system.

Addressing the media, Chairperson of the consortium of the organizations who is also Executive Director for Human Rights Consultative committee, Robert Mkwezalamba said the NGOs are hopeful that the load shedding period will be reduced soon.

“The companies have also told us on the number of power generating options they have embarked on apart from hydro-electric power generation which includes coal, solar and wind.

“But we feel they need to open up to new ideas from institutions of higher learning and the general public on how the country can end the power challenges,” said Mkwezalamba.

While warning ESCOM and EGENCO not to be complacent, they called on Malawians to be patient saying the organizations are working tirelessly to give them power.

“Largely we are satisfied with the investments but this calls for patience of Malawians. They only need to wait a bit longer before realizing its fruits,” further added Mkwezalamba.

This is the second quarterly meeting which the CSOs have held with the two companies over the power challenges.

The high level meeting brought together over 60 organizations that are being affected with the electricity challenges.

Some of the organizations who were present during the meeting were CAMA, IBAM, FEDOMA, MEHN, ECAM, Church and Society of the Livingstonia Synod, University of Malawi and vendors who represented the informal sector.

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