Escom Connection-Fee-Hike ‘Unacceptable’-Cama

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The Consumers Association of Malawi-CAMA says it is against ESCOM’s decision to hike electricity connection fee by 100%, arguing it is a setback in Malawi where less than ten percent of the population have access to electricity.

ESCOM has increased connection fee at a time CAMA feels most people could not afford the previous cost of connectivity.

Speaking to Zodiak on Saturday, CAMA’s Executive Director, John Kapito, demanded of the corporation a reversal of the decision which he said was not in the interest of the majority.

“My plea to ESCOM is, they have to reduce connection fee, the more people connected the more revenue the company will make,” he argued.

Kapito further observed that the fee hike would hinder Malawians from accessing electricity and he called on power supplier to reverse its decision.

“Most Malawians are not connected to electricity. The increase is unnecessary as it is a setback to the core development of people trying to get connected to electricity,” he added.

However, ESCOM’S Public Relations Manager, Innocent Chitosi, justified the development saying;

“We have been subsidizing heavily in the past whenever customers wanted first time connection,” he said.

When the country’s electricity utility body hiked the connection fee from 46,600 Kwacha to 93,200 kwacha, there was general acceptance of the status core.

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