Business has come to a stand still at government’s Southern Region office complex in Blantyre following a power disconnection by the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) over a K2.7 million bill.
Recent investigations reveal that power was disconnected on Thursday last week.
A visit to the offices on Tuesday by FOM reporter, found workers at most government departments just seated in their offices while several offices were vacant as they had been told that there was no money to buy fuel for the generator and as such there would be no electricity.
Government departments and offices being housed in the complex include: Administrator General, Southern Region Information, Blantyre District
Information, Blantyre District Commissioner, the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, the departments of Lands, Housing and Physical Planning.
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, through the department of housing serve as a coordinator for the other government departments as there’s only one Escom meter at the premises.
However FaceofMalawi speaking to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Ayam Maeresa in an interview confirmed of the development saying the blackout was due to an outstanding balance of about K2.7 million which the complex owes Escom.
Escom public relations officer George Mituka, in an earlier interview when the utility provider disconnected power at the complex, said the corporation will continue disconnecting customers with outstanding bills because it wants to be efficient in its service delivery.
“Escom is implementing customer service charter to ensure efficiency, but a lot of customers are not doing their part by paying bills on time to make sure there is proper implementation of the charter, so we will continue to disconnect customers with outstanding bills,” said Mituka.