By Thula Chisamba
Some angry Malawians based in Mzuzu city, have branded the Malawi Energy Reguratory Authority (MERA) “Stupid” over its decision to hike electricity tariffs in the country.
In several interviews conducted by MalawiStar on Sunday, many people were angry enough to lament on the decision, citing it is unjustifiable.
They maintained that with frequent power cuts being experienced in the country, MERA has failed its duties by implementing the hike citing they needed to improve service delivery first before deciding on any hike.
“That is being stupid and unreasonable. What makes them think of hiking tarifs while their services are still undesirable? MERA and ESCOM must be stupid for that,” fumed Francisco Banda.
Another client, Mercy Chirwa suggested that MERA must just be abolished, citing it has proven to be comprised of daylight thieves who become happy to be robbing from poor Malawians.
She claimed that so far, MERA has not impressed her such that she doesn’t know the real duties and responsibilities of the same.
“Full of chicken-headed stupid bosses who can never realize that with the instability of our currency, people are not stable either. Tell them i hate them to hell, unmerciful thieves,” she lamented.
Some went on to express their unprintable hate speeches in trying to show their disappointment with MERA decision.
On his part, Energy Expert Green Malunga sided with the angry Malawians, citing this is not the right time to be hiking electricity tariffs because most people are really passing through hard economic times.
“They could have waited for at least some months before hiking the tariffs because presently the economy is really challenging most Malawians,” he said.
Recently, MERA announced the decision of hiking electricity tariffs from 53.69 tambala to 57.75 per kilowatt, which represents a 7.5 percent hike effective Saturday 6 February.
MERA board chair Dingiswayo Jere claimed the decision was made due to the instability of Kwacha.
CAMA also denounced the decision.