- Apr 11, 2002Blantyre Embarks On US $14m Power Line Project
African Eye News Service (Nelspruit)
April 10, 2002
Posted to the web April 10, 2002
Malawians won't be left in the dark much longer once the country's electricity supply company completes a US$14 million project on its power lines.
The country's political capital Lilongwe and commercial capital Blantyre have been particularly plagued by frequent power blackouts mainly because of silt build up at the Nkula and Tedzani hydro-electric power stations.
"Tedzani power station has been out since November last year," said chief executive of the Electricity Corporation of Malawi, Douw van Wyk.
He said a British based company had been contracted to rehabilitate transmission power lines at a cost of US$6 million and US$8 million in Lilongwe and Blantyre respectively.
"Work has already begun in Lilongwe and is expected to be finished sometime this year," he said.
About two years ago Malawi and Mozambique entered an agreement to share power. Nothing has come of the agreement as yet but Van Wyk said the two sides were still negotiating.
He said that both countries were keen to implement the project because it would boost power supply in the region but that it was expensive.
"It is expected to cost over US$40 million and is expected to be finalised in November 2004," he said.
Officials Adjourn Talks in Zimbabwe
By Angus Shaw
Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, April 10, 2002; 7:24 PM
HARARE, Zimbabwe ** Ruling party and opposition officials adjourned talks Wednesday with an
agreement to reconvene next month, despite gaping differences over how to resolve their dispute over
last month's elections.
In a brief statement, the two sides said they adopted a set of procedural rules and "an agenda for
dialogue" for the talks scheduled to resume May 13.
The rules said an objective of the talks was to achieve tolerance of divergent views, and the top agenda
item was a discussion on the legitimacy of the March 9-11 polls, an apparent concession by the ruling
party to keep the talks alive.
The government has dismissed opposition calls for a rerun of the presidential balloting, which the
government said President Robert Mugabe won.
The opposition Movement for Democratic Change insisted at the opening of talks Monday that the
nation's political stalemate could only be resolved by new elections.
Several independent observer groups have said the elections were deeply flawed. The United States
condemned the vote and the Commonwealth of Britain and its former colonies suspended Zimbabwe for
The state Herald newspaper, a government publication, accused the opposition Wednesday of
"blackmail" for refusing to accept the poll results and forcing a standoff that jeopardized trade and
investment in Africa.
"The MDC should be told in no uncertain terms that it should accept its defeat and settle for its role as an
opposition party," it said.
Official results showed opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai losing with 1,258,401 votes to Mugabe's
Tsvangirai condemned the tally as rigged and tainted by political violence and demanded an immediate
end to state-orchestrated reprisals against his supporters.
Officials from Nigeria and South Africa were mediating the talks.
The opposition argued Monday the ruling party's participation in the talks was tacit admittance the rigged
elections had plunged the country into a deep crisis.
Mugabe, 78, has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 and vowed to crush any protests against his
Police and troops blocked protests in major cities organized Saturday by a reform alliance and arrested
Since the beginning of the year, political violence has claimed 48 lives, 31 of them opposition supporters,
according to local human rights groups. Hundreds more people suffered assaults, death threats, torture
and evictions from their homes, mostly at the hands of ruling party militants, since the poll.
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