By Staff Writer:
Leader of Opposition in Parliament who is also Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President for the Southern Region Kondwani Nankhumwa has conceded that the former ruling party messed up the country the time it was in power.
Nankhumwa was reacting to President Lazarus Chakwera’s sudden reaction to a series of nationwide blackouts that the country experienced over the weekend.
In a statement released on Tuesday, Nankhumwa has conceded that the current challenges being experienced in the country are as a result of mistakes made by the DPP when it was in power.
“Mr President the previous regime made mistakes, but Malawians elected you to correct those mistakes,” said Nankhumwa adding that in his third year in office, Chakwera has done nothing to eradicate blackouts.
Writing on his official Facebook page on Monday, Chakwera said he has deployed the Minister of Energy Ibrahim Matola to engage management of ESCOM and EGENCO to establish the root cause of the nationwide blackouts.
“I’ve 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,” wrote Chakwera.
Following the president’s directive, Matola on Tuesday engaged management of Power Market Limited, ESCOM as well as EGENCO.
EGENCO has since assured Malawians that the current blackouts will end by December this year.