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Malawi: Chakwera Says His Administration Is Determined to Triple Malawi’s Power Base By 2025


Malawi President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera says his administration is determined to triple the country’s power base in an effort to end blackouts for decades to come.

Chakwera said it is against this background that his government is creating what he described as endless avenues for electricity-dependent economic activities that have never been possible in this country.

The Malawi leader made the remarks at the Malawi Investment Summit, which took place at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe on Wednesday.

He dared Malawians to believe that the current power outages will “cure by the end of the year.”

“The current blackouts are a temporary headache we will cure by the end of the year, but the real story in the end, the real story when all these new power plants are completed, will be that my administration tripled the power base of the country and ended blackouts for decades to come, thus creating endless avenues for electricity-dependent economic activities that have never been possible in this country,” said Chakwera.

At this point, President Chakwera disclosed that Kapichira Power Plant, which suffered extensive damage from the tropical cyclone Ana early this year and triggered the current spate of blackouts across the country, will be back on line by Christmas “and we will be back on track with our goal to raise Malawi’s power generation capacity from less than 400 megawatts to 1000 Megawattts by 2025.”

He said it is against this background that yesterday, his government signed a binding agreement to construct a 350 megawatt Hydro Power Plant at Mpatamanga with money from a consortium of financiers led by the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank Group.

“The real story in the end, the real story when all these new power plants are completed, will be that my administration tripled the power base of the country and ended blackouts for decades to come, thus creating endless avenues for electricity-dependent economic activities that have never been possible in this country.

“One such avenue is the development of a robust digital economy, which is why we are also pursuing investments in ICT infrastructure that will ease transactions and expand the reach of our products into new markets by maximizing the 3000 kilometre-long national fibre backbone we are building to create a digital economy of the future,” he said.

Added Chakwera, “Another avenue of economic activity that our expanded power base will open up is mining, and so we are inviting suitably qualified investors to partner with us in the development of mining infrastructure to fully take advantage of the discovery of rare earth elements, alluvial gold, limestone and dolomite, coal, rubies, uranium, rock phosphate, talc, oil, gas, and the largest deposit of rutile in the world.”