Malawi President Peter Mutharika on Friday admitted that power shortage is a serious challenge in the country.
Mutharika said the nation should recognized that power shortage has been a longstanding problem as over the years the country has failed to invest in the energy sector to solve it.
“You cannot solve a problem by denying it, and my statement is not a blame of the past, my statement is an explanation of the causes of our situation and what we are doing about it,” Mutharika said, reading his 32-page State of the Nation Address.
He said the country needs no less than 2,000 megawatts in order to serve households, manufacturing industry and to start serious mining.
“That is why I have directed that we must double the current power supply of 360 MW to 720 MW by 2020 and we must generate at least 1,000 MW by 2023, a thing that has made us start diversifying power generation into coal energy, wind power, solar power, gas power and expand the current hydro system by building dams,” said Mutharika.
He also said the country is working on inter-connections with neighboring countries to tap power and that within the country plans are in the pipeline to construct a dam on Shire River and another at Mpatamanga Gorge.
Mutharika’s remarks came barely a week after Malawians demonstrated and petitioned his government over poor governance and power outages to which the Malawi leader is yet to respond. Enditem