The United States government says it is committed to improving Malawi’s energy sector by among others making sure that the country has electricity at all times so as to attract foreign investors.
US ambassador to Malawi, Her excellence Virginia Palmer said this at Liwonde in Machinga district when the Millennium Challenge Account- Malawi was handing over two weed harvesters to the Electricity Generation Company- EGENCO.
Ambassador Palmer said the machines which will be used in removing the water hyacinth popularly known as Namasupuni in Shire River.
She said the frequent black outs the country is experiencing are pushing away private investors hence negatively affecting the economy of the country.
“Reliable electricity helps to drive progress and in Malawi where 95% of its electricity is generated by hydro power, there is a great need that its sources like the Shire River are free from trash,” Palmer said.
Speaking on the same, Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining, Aggrey Masi said the harvesters will play a very big role in improving the sector.
Masi assured the nation that government is doing researches in order to find a lasting solution to the water hyacinth problems.
The two harvesters, named Rukulu and Linthipe which will be removing about 5 tons of the water hyacinth at once as well as shore conveyors and a tip up lorry were supplied by Aquarius Systems of Wisconsin of the United States of America to a tune of $2 million.