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CSOs fault government on water, power crisis

Two civil society organisations (CSOs), the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) have faulted government for failing to intervene in the water and electricity crisis currently rocking the country.

The CSOs further accuse government of resorting to commercialising water through the water boards by consistently raising the tariffs instead of promoting progressive realisation of water as an inalienable human right.

In a statement released yesterday, CHRR and Cedep further charge that Malawians are already saddled with a lot of taxes paid to access basic services including water and electricity, yet the bodies continue raising utility tariffs without improving service delivery.

Recently, all water boards across the country raised their tariffs, arguing low revenue on the commodity has been contributing to inefficiencies in provision of the same.

The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) also recently attempted to raise tariffs for its services, but its mother bodythe Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority quickly moved in to stop the hike.

According to CHRR and Cedep, the current water and electricity crisis does not fit together efforts in governments development agenda.

We have serious doubts if the country can successfully attract investors given the rate at which the twin water and electricity crisis is

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