The Consumers Association of Malawi (CAMA) has once more taken a swipe at the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi’s plans to hike electricity tariff by sixty percent over a four year period.
The remarks have been made in Lilongwe on Wednesday during the second public hearing on the proposed hike for the 2018-2022 time-frame.
CAMA’s Chief Executive officer John Kapito said ESCOM is not justified to embark on such a measure based on what he described as “unkept promises” by the statutory body.
Kapito said Malawians would not have a problem with the tariffs provided there is reliability of electricity provision.
He however said ESCOM has failed to deliver because of poor management and corruption.
Meanwhile, Government says electricity challenges will become history in five years time once reforms in the energy sector are fully implemented.
Director of Energy in the Department of Energy under the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Joseph Kalowekamo told participants at the public hearing that in the short run, starting from next year, Malawi will generate seventy megawatts from solar energy.