Malawi Congress Party strategist, Ken Zikhale Ngoma, has lashed out at Escom, the power utility company, saying that they are punishing Malawians and killing livelihoods of many people with the high tariffs they are demanding.
“We all know that all this has come about because of corruption and malfeasances at Escom and now they want to pass on this to poor Malawians,” Zikhale said.
MCP has been warring with Escom since the utility firm procured the diesel powered generators in attempts to ease power outages that have paralysed industry and resulted into job cuts over time.
Now, in the wake of this week’s decision to borrow K30 billion to pay debts and the appeal for a higher tariff by Escom’s chief executive officer, Allexon Chiwaya, the MCP is stepping up its fight against the company.
“They are borrowing K30 billion, which we will pay through some high tariffs again and we know that they want to suppliers who support DPP who they want to pay…the same ruling party suppliers who have squeezed and killed Escom,” he said.
Escom wants to re-engage the Malawi Regulatory Authority (Mera) to reconsider its 60 percent hike spread over four years and not the 32 percent hike which the authorities approved.
“Government should step in if they really care for the people it governs…how many times should we plead with them to stop bleeding the very poor that put them in power,” Zikhale said.
“This is why people should vote for MCP so that next year we start cleaning up institutions like Escom, Egenco and others who are not serving their masters, the people,” he said.
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