If I were Perks Ligoya…


Board chairperson of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom), I would recall that what I assured the nation, in the presence of President Peter Mutharika, during the commissioning of 55 megawatts (MW) diesel generators in Blantyre in January this year, is not what is happening on the ground.

If I were the former Reserve Bank of Malawi governor, I would recall that I assured Malawians that switching on the mega-generators would reduce hours without power from 24 to just six, which is not the case now as the haunting blackouts are back to torment people connected to the national grid.

Oh yes bwana Ligoya, after putting a smile on the faces of millions of Malawians, including the whole President, I would find a quick solution, not excuse, because the country is racing back to the dark days of more than eight hours without power.

And while my corporation has swiftly announced that “the extended load shedding” is due to shortage of electricity available from Electricity Generation Company (Malawi) Limited (Egenco), I would accept that Escom has failed to live up to its promise by keeping consumers in the dark about this until this in eventuality  went out of hand.

How I wish I were Ligoya, because I would realise that what the consumers want is improved electricity supply as I promised on that bright sunny morning—not the age-old blame games with Egenco or who-so-ever it may concern.

Unfortunately, I am not the one who made the false promise.

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