Residents of areas 38 and 24 in Lilongwe have bemoaned the delay by Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) to connect their houses to transformers installed to service the areas four years ago, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has learnt.
In an interview with Mana, one of the 156 residents who applied for electrification of their houses, Dickens Kalambalale, said residents of the two areas formed a group to facilitate the electrification of the area and were charged K15 million as capital contribution for the exercise.
“Over 20 of us paid our part of the K15 million. However, before the rest could make their contribution,
Escom installed several transformers. Four years down the line, those of us who made our capital contributions are yet to have electricity in our homes,” he said.
Escom public relations officer George Mituka said the corporation is aware of the issue.
He also confirmed that some residents of the said areas paid to have their homes connected and that Escom was working on the issue.
“We are working in Area 38 Kalikokha under the project name William Phiri and others, where members of the community requested for a high voltage line and the transformer. At the moment, Escom is busy constructing medium voltage lines,” said Mituka. n