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Lilongwe residents accuse Escom of abandoning installed transformers

Written by  Abel Ikiloni
Mituka: We are aware of the issue Mituka: We are aware of the issue

Lilongwe, May 27, 2017: Residents of Areas 38 and 24 in Lilongwe have bemoaned the delay to have the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) to connect their houses to transformers which were installed to service the areas four years ago, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.

In an interview with Mana, one of the 156 residents who applied for electrification of their houses, Dickens Kalambalale said residents of the two areas formed a group to facilitated the electrification of the area and were charged K15 million as capital contribution for the exercise.

“Over 20 of us paid our part of the K15 million however before the rest could make their contribution, Escom installed several transformers. Four years down the line, those of us who made our capital contributions are yet to have electricity in our homes,” said Kalambalale.

Public Relations Officer for the ESCOM, George Mituka told Mana in an interview that the corporation is aware of the issue of Areas 38 and 24. He confirmed that some residents of the said areas indeed paid to have their homes connected and that Escom is working on it.

“We are working in Area 38 Kalikokha under the project name William Phiri and others, where members of the community requested for a High Voltage Line and the transformer. At the moment, ESCOM is busy construction Medium Voltage Lines,” said Mituka

He said attributed the slow electrification of most houses to the big geographical size of the area. He however said some houses have already been connected to the electricity grid.

“We have already started erecting poles at Chinguwo Mchenga (behind Wakawaka Hotel) in Area 38. We have also parts of the said area that already have supply network,” He said.

According to Mituka, Escom is prioritizing the electrification of peri-urban areas where there is surging demand in its quest to satisfy its responsibility to supply that customer and so any number of customers in as long as it is financially and technically viable.

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