Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi has advised people in Balaka Rural to avoid illegal power connections.
The minister gave the advice on Thursday when the Malawi Rural Electrification Programme (Marep) switched on Mwaye Powerline in the district.
He advised the people to take advantage of ‘Ndawala’ project to get connected to the electricity grid.
“Ndawala is a government initiative that is providing materials, wiring and connection services to the ultra-poor rural people on loan recoverable through use of electricity rechargeable vouchers,” said Masi.
He said on top of the district’s trading centres already connected to the national grid through Marep 8, a presidential directive has added to the list Mitengwe, Sunuzi, Chikande, Namanolo and Namikombe.
Acting director of energy Joseph Kalowekamo said people of Mwaye can now open barber shops, saloons, welding shops, and mills.
“The idea is to increase electricity coverage in urban and rural areas from the current overall 11 percent of the population to 30 percent by 2030,” he said.