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New Escom CEO pledges to resolve Ana aftermath

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KUMWENDA—There are strategies we want to employ

Newly appointed Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kamkwamba Wayera Kumwenda has pledged to work hard to ensure that consumers do not bear the brunt of Tropical Storm Ana.

The storm affected some of the corporation’s infrastructure in the Southern Region, with distribution lines among infrastructure that suffered damage.

Kumwenda told The Daily Times that, among other immediate tasks, the corporation wants to restore 400 transformers that were vandalised by Malawians after the storm hit the country.

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“There are strategies we want to employ. We want to improve our procurement [system] to make sure our purchases have value for money. We want to make sure that we buy things we need. But our major project right now is restoring power after the effects of Tropical Storm Ana, especially in the Southern Region.

“People vandalised a lot of transformers during the disaster. At the moment, we need to replace 400 transformers and we are focused on working on that task so that we can have power restored as soon as possible,” he said.

Kumwenda was unveiled as Escom’s new CEO in a statement which the corporation’s board chairperson Fredrick Changanya signed.

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Kumwenda is an accountant with 25 years of experience.

He served as CEO for Press Group of Companies. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commerce (Accountancy) and a Master of Business Administration.

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