The Tonse administration is coming under intense pressure to urgently address the country’s energy crisis.
Malawians have since taken to social media to complain about the power outages which have worsened over the past few days from the usual eight to 12 hours of no power on a daily basis.
Power generation firm EGENCO’s Chief Executive Officer William Liabunya, has attributed the frequent power outages to the collapse of Kapichira power plant, and the technical imbalances that have developed in the grid due to loading of solar energy.
The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has since joined calls for the government to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Speaking to Capital FM, interim Vice Chairperson for the HRDC Michael Kaiyatsa threatens to mobilize nationwide protests if the situation does not improve within 30 days.
However, Liabunya has in the just ended week told Malawians and government that stable power supply will only be registered upon rehabilitation of Kapichira.
He disclosed that rehabilitation works will commence on September 24 and are likely to be completed by December 22, this year.
On the other hand Chief Advocacy Officer of the Cooperation Network for Renewable Energy in Malawi, Kenneth Mtago has emphasized on the need for the government to invest in projects that will generate three digit megawatts and not the small volumes that are being added to the grid currently.
Mtango went on to say that if the government invested in projects that can generate as much as 1000 megawatts at once, the nation would not have to deal with such inconsistent power supply.