At least 20 people from Pensulo Village in Blantyre Tuesday marched to Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi’s (Escom) power house to protest against the corporation’s delay in connecting electricity to their houses.
The group, led by their Ward Councillor Thomas Kaumba, said Escom has been failing to connect them to the national electricity grid since 2003 although they paid for the service.
The protestors claimed that Escom asked them to provide security for a transformer which the corporation mounted in their area but, to their surprise, Escom has only connected electricity to one of its staff members who resides in the area.
One of the disgruntled people, Hastings Lomoliwa, disclosed that he paid his electricity connection fee in 2003.
“We gave them a 14-day ultimatum which ended on September 9. Today, we will not leave these premises until they start bringing poles because it has been a long time since we started waiting. It is an insult that after, waiting for such a long time, they have come and connected only their staff member when we have been providing security for the transformer which they left in our area,” Lomoliwa said.
Councillor for Chigwaja Ward in Blantyre City West, Kaumba, who led the group, said Escom has been dilly-dallying on the matter.
He said that electricity is one factor that leads to people’s development, hence Escom’s treatment of the matter is counter-development.
“People have been complaining to me that although they already paid connection fees, Escom has not been cooperative. Some paid K30,000 whilst others paid around K20, 000 which was a lot of money in 2003.
“Today we have discussed with the management but we were surprised when they told us that they are not aware of the problem. They said tomorrow (today) they will send their staff to start the work but we are not satisfied because it is the same tune they have been singing,” Kaumba said.
Escom Public Relations Manager, Kitty Chingota, said the corporation will resolve the matter.
“The people should not get worried because we already put a transformer in the area, hence, anytime soon, we will start the work,” Chingota said.