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Residents laud ESCOM for improved electricity supply

Written by  Memory Kutengule

Blantyre, January 21, 2019: Residents of Blantyre City and surrounding areas have hailed Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) for improving supply of power in their respective areas.

Recently, ESCOM in conjunction with Energy Generation Company (EGENCO) assured Malawians of stable power supply following the completion of several projects including rehabilitation of Nkula A and Lilongwe A substation to increase generation, transmission and distribution of electricity to its customers.

In a random interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Thursday, Chisomo Ngumbe who operates a barber shop in Blantyre thanked ESCOM for reducing load shedding hours, saying the development has greatly improved his income.

“My business was greatly affected with persistent power outages to the extent that I lost customers. This, in turn, affected the income realized after serving such customers.

“However, I am excited that things have turned around due to the completion of several projects in the energy sector that has ensured availability of power supply. I, for one, have retained all the customers and the business revenue base has greatly improved,” he said.

Milia Gondwe who runs a hair-dressing salon in Limbe shared similar sentiments, describing the development as a gateway towards promoting socio-economic development of the country.

“For a country to register success in some aspects of development, people need to actively engage in businesses to generate income to improve their livelihoods and contribute positively to the country’s development,” Gondwe said.

“Provision of stable electricity supply to customers is one way to achieve this because availability of power will enable us to run our salons and in so doing, generate income to support our families,” she added.

On his part, Daniel Phiri who operates a video showroom in Mbayani also thanked the power supply entity for the interventions aimed at improving power supply to meet customers’ satisfaction.

“I am so grateful to ESCOM because the move is an encouragement to individuals who run businesses that solely depend on electricity.

“In my case, different people are now patronizing the video showroom which acts as a source of entertainment, thereby yielding maximum returns,” Phiri said.

Speaking in a separate interview, spokesperson for ESCOM, Innocent Chitosi assured the nation that they will continue implementing various projects to effectively deal with power shortages once and for all.


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