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The Electricity Generation Company Malawi Limited (EGENCO) on Tuesday 21st November 2017 started the distribution of Chitetezo Mbaula in the Shire River’s catchment areas in an effort to reduce siltation of the river caused by careless cutting down of trees along the river’s catchment areas.
The project which is targeting people from Zomba, Machinga Mwanza, Neno and Blantyre districts along the Shire catchment has stated with distribution at Chipamba and two other villages in the area of Traditional Authority Sitola in Machinga district.
Addressing the gathering during the distribution exercise, EGENCO’s Chief Executive Officer William Liabunya said almost 3,000 households in the Shire River catchment area are expected to benefit from project.
Liabunya said EGENCO in conjunction with United Purpose (UP) thought it wise to distribute Chitetezo Mbaula to reduce the siltation levels in their main source of power, Shire River.
The CEO said the Chitetezo mbaula being distributed will reduce the cutting down of trees in the catchment areas since they uses less firewood.
“We are distributing these Chitetezo mbaula to reduce siltation which is heavily affecting the production of electricity in all our power stations which is due to wanton cutting down of trees especially in Shire river catchment areas.
“The mbaula uses less firewood and we think this can help in the reduction of siltation levels in the river since there will be no more cutting down of trees in these areas which are the beneficiaries of the project,” said Liabunya.
In his remarks, UP Program Manager – Energy, Lloyd Archer, said the Chitetezo Mbaula can play a significant role in the production of electricity by reducing the cutting down of trees there by reducing siltation.
EGENCO is currently having problems with siltation of its ponds.