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Free electricity connections to begin this year: Tonse walks talk on campaign promise

UCHIZI MBANGE

Malawians will now be able to connect to the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM) grid for free, thanks to the 2019/2020 Tonse Alliance campaign promise that assured the citizenry on the same.

During campaign, the Tonse Alliance said it would introduce free water and electricity connections as well as reduced passport fees, among other promises.

And on Tuesday, ESCOM acting chief executive officer Clement Kanyama said government was doing all it can to live up to its promise.

“ESCOM has managed to acquire $150 million from the World Bank to extend distribution network,” Kanyama said.

According to him, the project will commence in March and the expectation is that the utility body will be connecting 90 000 customers each year.

“We [ESCOM] are also in the process of developing a digital system to track customer services. We have been receiving a lot of complaints from customers and we feel the system will up our efficiency in addressing fault challenges,” he said.

 

 

 

 

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