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Ibrahim Matola commits to fixing energy woes

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By Wezzie Gausi:

Newly appointed Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola has pledged to work towards “putting the energy sector in order” and address bottlenecks facing the industry.

Matola said this on Tuesday during a familiarisation tour of Power Market Limited (PML) in Lilongwe.

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His comment comes amid wrangles between Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) and PML over functions under the Single Buyer Licence that was formerly under Escom but Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) gave to PML.

Matola called on players in the sector to follow the laws in addressing challenges they face.

“What is happening is expected in a normal setup but time has come for players in the energy sector to work together for a common goal.

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“At first, we had Escom alone, then Egenco was born and now we have PML. This is a transition that needs to happen if we are to achieve 1,000 megawatts of electricity by 2024,” Matola said.

PML Chief Executive Officer Rosemary Mkandawire commended Matola for his visit to the institution.

“Today marks a new beginning in the way we operate in this company. We have tussled for a long time and we now see the light at the end of the tunnel,” Mkandawire said.

Recently Natural Resources Justice Network Chairperson Kossam Munthali said it was uncalled for to see two government institutions fighting.

He said the country has a clear legal framework of the Electricity Amendment Act of 2016, which allows for more than one player in the industry.

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