State power utility company, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has now gone to
commercial banks to get a staggering MK30 billion to pay out crucial outstanding debt after the
government refused a MK50 billion bail-out.
Escom chief executive officer Alexion Chiwaya told the parliamentary Budget and Finance committee on Tuesday that the decision to get the bank loan was arrived at after the government refusal to bail out the power utility company.
“We are still talking to National Bank, Standard Bank, Ecobank, NBS and others on the loan and the interest they will charge us,” said Chiwaya.
He said Escom owes Electricity Generation Company (Egenco), Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) and Aglenco billions of money after the government decided to unbundle Escom.
“Actually, we posted a loss of MK8.8 billion in the 2016/17 financial year because of the changes,”
Chiwaya told the committee.
He said Escom would be paying MK800, 000 every month for five years for the MK30 billion bank loan.
“We desperately need the MK30 billion to keep us afloat to continue providing electricity to people,”
Chiwaya said Escom uses MK58 million in fuel for gen sets to power electricity at Chichiri in Mulanje, Lilongwe and Chinyama in Mulanje for just six hours.
This revelation comes at a time when Escom has lost 4, 000 litres of fuel for the gen sets through corruption and theft.
Vice chairman of the Budget and Finance committee John Chikalimba said the MK30 billion will bring more financial chaos at Escom.
He said Escom should have asked for advice on the issue from the parliamentary committee.