Church and Society bemoans recurrence of power interruptions

Mzuzu: The Church and Society of the Church of Central African Presbyterian (CCAP) Livingstonia Synod has warned that if the current persistent power interruptions continue, government risks losing out on revenue collection as most factories and industries cannot produce more.

The society says with the country already having a limited revenue base, persistent power interruptions would only worsen the economic situation in the country as factories will not generate enough profits hence fail to remit taxes to government.

The Society’s Executive Director, Moses Mkandawire was speaking recently in Mzuzu during the third round of Pre-budget consultation meetings for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

We are already complaining that our revenue base is not diversified enough to cater for the year, and when we continue to experience these blackouts, it means individuals, companies are not working hence cannot produce more goods resulting in less revenue remitted to government through taxes, he said.

Mkandawire then challenged the newly established Electricity Generation Company (EGENCO) to sort out the persistent electricity blackouts once and for all.

He said Malawians are keeping their fingers crossed following the much touted generators that EGENCO procured and installed recently which were said to have the capacity of reducing load shedding time to approximately six hours per day.

Malawians were duly promised that once the generators are functional, power interruptions would be history, but this is contrary to what is happening now where we have blackouts almost countrywide.

We need to start reaping the fruits of these highly touted generators as we are tired of the recurrence of power outages, he said.

Meanwhile, Egenco recently attributed the power supply interruptions currently being experienced to limited flow of water especially at the Kamuzu Barrage, on the Shire River.

Egenco through its senior public relations officer, Moses Gwaza said the company recently applied to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development for increased water flow to cater for the demand.

I am pleased that we have obtained an approval to increase the flow to 120 cubic metres per second. With the increased water flow, we expect to have normal power supply with reduced load shedding schedules, Gwaza assured.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA