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MERA Should Provide Daily List Of Service Stations That Have Fuel

MERA Should Provide Daily List Of Service Stations That Have Fuel

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A consumer rights group is pushing the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority-MERA to provide a daily list of service stations that have fuel. There is fuel scarcity in the country, as importers fail to procure the required quantities due to the forex crisis. This has led to many fuel service stations having no diesel or petrol, across the country, forcing motorists to spend hours on snaking queues day and night. At the same time, MERA has issued a directive that anyone wishing to purchase fuel in containers should first get its approval. This is aimed to check illegal sale of fuel, as some buy the commodity to sell on the black market. Executive Director of the Consumers Association of Malawi-CAMA John Kapito hopes the move will ease congestion in service stations. There wa...
Matola Accuse DPP Regime On Current Electricity Woes

Matola Accuse DPP Regime On Current Electricity Woes

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Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola has accused the previous administration of plunging the electricity utility companies into the current mess where the utility companies are failing to provide adequate electricity to Malawians. Matola said this speaking at a press briefing currently underway at the Central Office of Information (COI) in Lilongwe. He singled out politicians forcing the utility companies to misprocure and by-pass laws governing the operations of the companies, being public entities. Matola has also said the previous government was wasting resources for the companies by using their assets such as vehicles to ferry party supporters to political rallies and drawing free fuel from other power producers hired by government such as Agrecco. He has said these malpracti...
Chakwera In Office today, Attending To Various Matters of National Interest.

Chakwera In Office today, Attending To Various Matters of National Interest.

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His Excellency the State President of the Republic of Malawi Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera writes; - I am in office today, attending to various matters of national interest. I have deployed the Minister of Energy to hold meetings with the Heads of ESCOM and EGENCO to get to the bottom of the cause of the system shutdown that resulted in a nationwide blackout over the weekend, as well as to track the progress being made on rehabilitating the cyclone-damaged Kapichira Power Plant. I also held virtual discussions with the President of the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank, Mr. Admassu Tadesse, to secure a debt-restructuring agreement aimed at relieving the economy of some of the fiscal pressures emanating from the distress occasioned by the enormous debt left by th...
Energy Minister In Closed Meeting With Egenco And ESCOM Over System Shutdowns

Energy Minister In Closed Meeting With Egenco And ESCOM Over System Shutdowns

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Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola is this morning engaging Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) on the intermittent power supply cuts the country is facing. Matola who is currently in a closed meeting with Egenco management at its head office in Blantyre wants an explanation on causes of the power supply cuts and solutions to the same. He says intermittent power supply is a cost to the economy therefore solution to the problem needs to be established as soon as possible. Malawians have been subjected to national blackouts experienced for three days in a row from Friday to yesterday. On Friday, the system shutdown occurred at 11:51am, on Saturday at 5:36 pm while yesterday, Malawians experienced a national blackout at 07:37am.
Matola Engages ESCOM, EGENCO

Matola Engages ESCOM, EGENCO

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Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola is this morning engaging top management of EGENCO and ESCOM on the frequent power system shutdowns in the country. The meeting in Blantyre is expected to be hot as the minister is also not mused with the blackouts. suspects internal sabotage at the two institutions. Energy expert, Grain Malunga suspects internal sabotage at the two institutions. Malawi lost 130 megawatts after the Kapichira Power Station shut down due to the devastation caused by Cyclone Ana. The power outages are becoming worse each passing day. Power generation and power distribution experts from ESCOM and EGENCO were at Tedzani Power Station on Sunday investigating the cause of power systems failure after the country experienced another national blackout on Sunday mornin...
Archbishop Msusa slams Matola for calling Malawians frogs

Archbishop Msusa slams Matola for calling Malawians frogs

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invites Catholics to take part in 2025 polls Archbishop Thomas Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church has ripped apart minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola for demonizing Malawians who are calling for President Chakwera’s leadership to account for their impunity and corruption. Msusa was speaking during celebration of holy trinity and feast of confirmation at Saint Martins Parish in Blantyre. Msusa then challenged capable Catholics to compete for various positions in the 2025 elections for help in the development of the country. Last week the Minister of Energy Matola called Malawians achule that caused uproar for seeking transformational leadership from Chakwera which among others to stop inspecting onion gardens while the economy is on deathbed.
Stop Vandalism- Matola

Stop Vandalism- Matola

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Minister of Energy, Ibrahim Matola, has called on Malawians to be patriotic and avoid vandalising transformers and other ESCOM machinery. Matola made the plea at a presser in Lilongwe under the Government Faces the Press Platform. He said vandalism is costly and affects the economy of the country. The minister added that the country is still recovering from the 129 megawatts deficit incurred due to cyclones that hit the country a few months ago. On his part, Kamkwamba Kumwenda, Chief Executive Officer for ESCOM, admits that there are backlogs of power connections at their institution. According to Kumwenda, there is need to shorten procurement procedures that they have to follow in a quest to be able to purchase some materials without hitches.
I Can Never Say Anything Ill About The People Am Working For -Matola

I Can Never Say Anything Ill About The People Am Working For -Matola

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Energy minister Ibrahim Matola is expressing shock on how some individuals are sensationalizing the phrase he used during the inauguration of the 20 Megawatt JCM solar and battery plant in Dedza yesterday. During the event, the minister shared a proverb, "the sound of frogs does not stop an elephant from drinking water." He then went on to refer Chakwera as the the elephant and that he should not be moved by the disturbing sound. Speaking through his Public Relations Officer Marshall Dyton, Matola says he never meant to despise anyone but rather to encourage President Lazarus Chakwera to continue with his development plans regardless of obstacles surrounding him. Matola has since emphasized that as a man of integrity, he can never say anything ill about the people he is workin...
Pressure Mount President Chakwera To Fire Ibrahim Matola For Insulting Malawians

Pressure Mount President Chakwera To Fire Ibrahim Matola For Insulting Malawians

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The picture below shows Matola taking his oath as Energy Minister at Kamuzu Palace There is mounting pressure for President Lazarus Chakwera to discipline his Energy Minister Ibrahim Matola for calling Malawians 'Achule' (frogs) for merely demanding the Malawi leader to cut his local and international travels as an austerity measure amidst the current economic crisis. The latest to condemn Matola is Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives-CDEDI CDEDI that describes as very shameful to note that such demeaning words were spoken in the presence of the president. In a statement, CDEDI says this is giving Malawians a picture that the president may as well be in support of it as he also once called Malawians cry babies during his speech." CDEDI Executive Director ...
‘Govt Working Tirelessly to reduce Load Shedding’ – Energy Minister Matola

‘Govt Working Tirelessly to reduce Load Shedding’ – Energy Minister Matola

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The Tonse-led Government has assured the public that it tirelessly working towards the reduction of load shedding. Addressing the press this morning in Lilongwe, Minister of Energy, Ibrahim Matola, said it is not true that the end of the Aggreko contract will affect the power supply in Malawi. Matola says, in 2017 the country was short of 78 megawatts to supply electricity to end-users and since Aggreko had the capacity, a contract was awarded to Aggreko to supply the 78 megawatts. He says Malawi was still using the expensive Aggreko machines because the country had no independent power producers yet following the rise in COVID-19 cases. According to Matola, the country had hopes that independent power producers would come and since they did not, the government resorted to...