Minister of Energy Newton Kambala Wednesday told Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) to up its operation standards, stressing that issues of energy are very strategic in the development of the country.
Kambala said the current administration wants efficiency, hence the need for the energy regulatory body to follow proper standards and desist from corruption.
“Anybody resisting would have to be sent away. Malawi has been wasting resources through corruption. The country has lost resources through corruption. As Minister of Energy, I am ready to work with anyone, with no intentions to move people around,” Kambala said.
He was speaking during a familiarisation tour at the energy regulator’s offices in Lilongwe.
Kambala charged that corruption is rampant in the country due to some business people who do not understand the need to add value to the economy.
He has since asked Mera to be providing comprehensive reports to the ministry including how many individuals and firms are operating with licences they obtained from Mera for various services.
Mera Chief Executive Officer Collins Magalasi acknowledged that there are challenges in the state institution acting on people or firms that flout energy regulatory laws.
“We are urging the government to allow us to punish those who do not delivery what they promise. At the moment, we don’t have those powers and it makes our monitoring challenging but we have already proposed to government what needs to be done,” Magalasi said.
On fuel reserves, Magalasi said the country has enough to last for over a month with $117 million available for fuel importation this year.