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ESCOM Losses K50m to Vandalism

Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has since November lost K50 million in the central region alone due to vandalism.

ESCOM Central Region Manager Mr. Ngwile Mwenifumbo disclosed this in Lilongwe on Thursday during a press briefing on challenges affecting the utility body.

Mr. Mwenifumbo has described vandalism of the electricity supply body as an attack on the community.

“ESCOM has lost close to 2 billion kwacha in vandalism since people started damaging its equipment.

“People in the country should identify measures to help ESCOM overcome the problem of vandalism,” he said.

The Central Region Manager also blamed the country’s laws that do not provide for stiff punishments to suspects who vandalize electricity equipment as compared to other countries in the southern Africa.

He cited vandalism of ESCOM cables and transformers as some of the challenges affecting service delivery.

Meanwhile Mr. Mwenefumbo said ESCOM is working with neighboring countries to overcome problems of vandalism.—Zodiak Online

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0 #1 Kholowa Mkabudula 2012-04-05 15:13
It's just a peanut comparing to the black outs we experience and burning of our properties,wish it was 50billion,may be can make me mad!Let me cry 4 Bingu in blackout aswell!
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