Thursday, November 26, 2009

ESCOM, BWB bosses sacked in 'clean up'

GOOD OLD DAYS: Former Escom CEO Peterson Zembani explaining to State President Dr Bingu wa Mutharika about his company's power generation activities. This was during this year's international trade fair where Escom had a stand. Looking on is Malawi Confederation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairperson Harrison Kalua. Pic by Malawi Digest.

By Lucy Liponda

In what many analysts are describing as a cleaning up exercise for all organisations that provide essential services to the Malawi public, the board management for the country’s sole energy supplier, the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) has sacked the company’s Chief Executive Peterson Zembani.

Zembani, an electrical engineer by profession, was sacked on Wednesday in the commercial city, Blantyre after lengthy deliberations by the board.

Escom board chairperson Davies Katsonga Phiri told Malawi Digest on Wednesday evening that Zembani had been relieved of his duties as CEO following a number of challenges facing the organisation.

“You know Escom is undergoing difficult times in delivering our services to the public and we, as board, thinks that the company need a person with fresh ideas that can turn around the organisation,” he said.

Asked to explain why they decided to sack Zembani this time around when the company was strategising on the delivery of its services to the public, Katsonga said that it was along that same path of strategising that they thought of firing Zembani, saying the organisation needed change of management.

“It was such a very difficult decision to fire such a dedicated employee who has served Escom so well but we had to do it in order to make some improvements in the organisation,” he said.

According to Katsonga, Zembani was expected to finish his contract next year and that as a result, he is going to be paid off for the remaining period of his agreement with his employers.

When Malawi Digest contacted Peterson Zembani this Thursday morning, he said he was not in a position to comment on his sacking, as he was still digesting what had happened to him.

Before being appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007, Zembani served Escom in different capacities at the energy supplier.

The sacking of the Escom boss comes barely a few days after another Chief Executive Officer for Blantyre Water Board Owen Kankhulungo was shown the exit door by government.

The consumers for both Escom and Blantyre have been complaining of poor delivery of service by the two organisations-Malawi Digest.


  1. it has taken em long, these guys should hve stepped down paokha greedy fat cunts.

    chifukwa bingu sanapite ku chogom, nxt cabinet reshuffle, wina alira.

  2. Thank you for giving these guys ample time to change but they did not, as such, they have nobody but themselves to blame.

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