Moz. Orders MW to Remove Power Lines
Malawi’s national electricity company ESCOM has been ordered to remove poles which it is said to have mistakenly planted on Mozambican soil. The poles are being erected from Mwanza headquarters to the border area of Thambani.
ESCOM spokesperson Kitty Chingota confirmed the development in an interview with Zodiak Online.
The development would delay the installation of the power lines which was expected to be completed in December.
The development has demoralized the people of Thambani and surrounding areas in Mwanza whose expectations to have electricity in the near future were high.
According to the district commissioner for Mwanza Mr. Smart Gwedemula, Mozambican authorities have, on several occasions, have been frequenting the headquarters of traditional authority Nthata to inform him that the electricity lines should be removed as they have illegally passed through a foreing country.
Currently Mr. Gwedemula says his office has advised authorities at ESCOM to send land surveyors to ascertain the situation.
ESCOM public relations officer Miss Kitty Chingota told Zodiak Online that they installed the power lines on Mozambican soil unknowingly and they will remove them.
Although the exercise is expected to be costly, ESCOM says the work is expected to commence in three weeks time.
This is the latest in a series of squabbles between the two neighboring countries. In a number of border districts including Mwanza and Nsanje, Mozambique has stopped Malawian farmers from cultivating across the border.
Mozambique also denied a vessel that was to signify the opening of president Bingu wa Mutharika much-touted sea route to the Indian Ocean, the Shire-Zambezi Waterway, saying there no proper feasibility study.
In the latest turn of events, however, the Mutharika administration has allowed a Mozambican rail line to pass through Malawi after a multimillion kwacha deal was signed. —Zodiak Online
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