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Shadric Namalomba, Escom case adjourned

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The High Court sitting in Blantyre Wednesday adjourned to June 8 the case involving Democratic Progressive Party Member of Parliament for Mangochi South West Shadric Namalomba and the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) over alleged deduction of pre-paid electricity units from a meter at his hospitality business in Mulanje District.

Escom Public Relations Officer Peter Kanjere confirmed the development, saying after hearing from the two parties online, High Court Judge Jack N’riva adjourned the case to June 8 to allow Namalomba to respond to Escom’s submissions in opposition of his claim.

“The case has been adjourned to 8 June 2022 to give time to the claimant to respond to our submissions,” he said.

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Namalomba, who is also spokesperson for former president Peter Mutharika, allegedly fraudulently obtained electricity units of up to about K21 million under the free issue arrangement from an employee of the Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) for business use at his resort, using meter number 37154401832.

In his sworn statement in support of the injunction he obtained restraining Escom from deducting the electricity units to recover the 91825.40 units which the corporation claims he fraudulently obtained, Namalomba said he speculates that the units Escom could be talking about are those he received during the time he worked with Egenco.

“I strongly believe that it’s unfair for the defendant to punish me without full… disclosure of the breach I have committed. I use prepared units which are paid for before use. I am hearing from the media about the free-issue units but I don’t know which ones,” the statement reads.

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In March this year, Escom uncovered a syndicate in which some of its employees were suspected to have been conniving with others from Egenco and defrauding the corporation of K60 billion through illegal prepaid electricity units transfers and sales to some businesses, hotels and companies.

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