Mzuzu residents bemoan power outage on Christmas day

Mzuzu-(MaraviPost)—Residents in the Northern Region City of Mzuzu have bemoaned day long black out in the city and almost the whole region on the Christmas day.

The day which fell on Friday started on a promising note in terms of electricity but alas! At around 7 o’clock in the morning load shedding showed its ugly face and it persisted almost throughout the day.

A snapshot survey which Maravi Post conducted in some townships of the city revealed that most residents were angry and disappointed with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for not providing them with power on a day they had to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

One Tuntufye Ng’ambi who stays in Chimaliro Township said it was disturbing to see that there was no power on Christmas day.

“Imagine I went to church with hope that I would dance to songs sung by our praise team using sound equipment; only to be informed that they would not be able to play the equipment because of power failure. Government has to do something serious about this situation as per their promises during the campaign period,” ranted Ng’ambi.

Her sentiments were echoed by Chimwemwe Zulu, a Chibavi Township resident who said on Christmas day, he enjoys watching Christian films; especially those that chronicle the birth of Jesus Christ, but he would not be able to do so as there was load shedding throughout the day and the region.

 Zulu expressed: “You see, on a day like this one, most us like to just stay at home and enjoy ourselves by watching firms of Jesus Christ, but now, there is no power since morning and we have no idea what time it will come back. This is very unfair.

“ Is it because the top government officials do not experience black outs like we, the commoners, do? They would have a heart to work on this problem once and for all.”

Other residents at townships like Luwinga, Zolozolo, Ekwendeni and Area 4 were only seen gallivanting along the streets with no any hope of power resumption the soonest.

On Wednesday this week, Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) took a swipe at Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) for announcing that it would be unable to provide reliable electricity to Malawians during the Christmas and New Year festivity.

 In a press statement, Cama said: “Consumers are tired and angry with poor service delivery excuses by EGENCO and Consumers for a long time have questioned whether there is any supervision and monitoring of parastatals like EGENCO which continues to disappoint its Consumers and embarrass Government for its failure to deliver better services.

“We are, therefore, appealing to Government to stop treating EGENCO with kid gloves and ensure that the current public sector reforms are adding value to the operations of this key parastatal.”

Unreliability of electricity in Malawi is a serious challenge, which has on innumerable occasions scared foreign investors away.

However, the current Tonse government promised to put this incessant problem to sleep once voted into power.

 Malawians are yet to start enjoying the fruits of the promise.

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