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Author: Henry Chinthalo

Author: Henry Chinthalo

MEAP beneficiaries hail World Bank for new electricity connections

Some Malawi Electricity Access Project (MEAP) beneficiaries in Blantyre have hailed the World Bank for funding the project, saying it has improved their lives and businesses. Mkoka Health Centre in Nancholi Township, Matindi Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) in Matindi and Arabella Shopping Mall in Chileka are among the 74,800 beneficiaries of MEAP. In an interview, Matindi CDSS deputy head teacher, Judith Joseph Nasiyaya, said the 275-plus learners at the newly-built school used to struggle before it was connected to MEAP electricity in December 2023.  “We were

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JICA hands over Project for Improvement of Lilongwe Substations

The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has handed over the Project for Improvement of Substations in Lilongwe, a development the Malawi government has described as a game-changer to the country’s energy sector. The project has made it possible for the substations of Lilongwe Old Town and Kanengo to accommodate 79,000 new electricity connections following the increase in the former’s capacity from 37.5MVA to 50MVA and the latter from 83MVA to 158MVA. Speaking when he graced the handover ceremony in Lilongwe on Tuesday, May 7, 2024, Energy Minister,

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ESCOM powers International ICT Expo with K12m donation

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited has supported the forthcoming International ICT Expo scheduled for Lilongwe by donating K12 million to the organisers, ICT Association of Malawi (ICTAM). Speaking when he presented a dummy cheque to ICTAM president Clarence Gama on April 30, 2024 in Blantyre, ESCOM Limited CEO Mr. Kamkwamba Kumwenda said the power utility company appreciates the role ICT plays in the development of the public and private sectors. “The reason we thought of donating this amount to ICTAM is that we think we

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Five vandalism suspects arrested in Mzuzu

Police in Mchengautuwa Township in Mzuzu have arrested five individuals for allegedly stealing Escom’s aluminum conductors. The suspects are identified as Manson Simbeye, Shadreck Sambo, Patrick Mpepu, Emmanuel Bamusi and Raymond Simbeye. Mzuzu Police Assistant Public Relations Officer, Rose Chipyola says during night patrols, Escom security officers intercepted a motorcycle rider transporting Escom wires. This prompted them to alert the police; resulting in the arrest of the suspects. Escom’s Senior Public Relations Officer Peter Kanjere describes the arrest of the five as a positive step in combating

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World Bank hails ESCOM for hitting 75,000 new electricity connections through MEAP in a year!

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited has received glowing praise from the World Bank for doubling new electricity connections from 35,000 households to 75,000 in the in one year through Malawi Electricity Access Project Project (MEAP). The World Bank funds MEAP with ESCOM Limited implementing its on-grid component, which registered 74,800 new connections as of March 31, 2024. The Ministry of Energy implements the off-grid component of MEAP. Reacting to the development, ESCOM Limited Chief Operations Officer, Eng. Maxwell Mulimakwenda, writing to ESCOM staff, said the

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ESCOM hands over houses to MOMA Project Affected Persons

By Pascas Francisco Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited is handing over newly constructed houses to Project Affected Persons (PAPs) for the Mozambique-Malawi (MOMA) Interconnection Project. The handover ceremonies are taking place in villages for the PAPs who were displaced from the Malawi side of MOMA Project, stretching 76 kilometres from Mwanza to Phombeya Substation in Balaka via Neno.   The initial handover ceremony of five houses took place in Siledi and Mpasabwire villages under  Traditional Authorities Kanduku and Chagona respectively on Tuesday, 9th April 2024.

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ESCOM LIMITED TEMPORARY WORKER NABBED FOR VANDALISM

By Luka Beston – Zodiak   The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) temporary worker is in the cooler with two others in Thyolo for the alleged vandalism of copper wire valued at K5.3 million.   Thyolo police spokesperson, Sergeant Rabecca Kashoti, has identified the three  as Zindi Mbawa, aged 30, Chikumbutso Malemba, 24, and Wile Binos, 24.   “On April 12, 2024, the company’s Lanse Corpol received a tip-off from a well-wisher that three men putting on ESCOM attire were at Chipendo Trading Centre and were

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Revised Electricity Act to curb vandalism—Matola

Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola says the passing of the Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill is a milestone as it will help Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) Limited effectively counter vandalism and protect its assets. He said this on Saturday when he graced an anti-vandalism campaign that Escom held at Mangochi Stadium. The minister said the Bill, which Parliament passed last week, paves the way for stiffer punishments for convicts of vandalism. Said Matola: “Parliament has passed the Bill which now awaits the President to assent to

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Malawi-Mozambique Power link October

Staff Writer, The Nation Ministry of Energy has set October 2024 as the new deadline for the commissioning of Malawi- Mozambique Power Interconnector Project after missing the December 2023 target. The 218-kilometre (km) 400 kilovolts (kV) high voltage power transmission line, which starts from Matambo in Mozambique to Phombeya Power Sub-station in Balaka District will enable Malawi to tap 120 megawatts (MW) from its neighbour to boost supply locally. In an interview yesterday, Ministry of Energy Principal Secretary Engineer Alfonso Chikuni attributed the delay to the nature

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