Mwapasa’s unveiling was graced by the Minister of Energy Bright Msaka who met management of the company yesterday in Blantyre.
The meeting was done in camera, however Mwapasa was seen welcoming the minister, earlier in the afternoon, when he visited ESCOM’s Chichiri power station.
Mwapasa has served as a high profile executive in several institutions including ADMARC Investment Holdings, David Whitehead and Sons and more recently at ICAM.
She takes over from engineer John Kandulu who has served as the company’s CEO since October 2012.
ESCOM is expected to boost its electricity supply capacity by 200 megawatts this year.
This has been revealed by Energy Minister Bright Msaka.
The development comes against a background of continued power blackouts in the country, inconveniencing the public and manufacturing companies.
He spoke when he visited the ESCOM Power house in Blantyre, for the first time since the company was unbundled two months ago.
“Problems of blackouts will be over very soon but I can’t tell you precisely when because they (ESCOM) are engaging Independent Power Producers (IPP) and the moment they finalize the talks it will take the IPP’s to begin their projects and they will supply to the grid after they have completed their project” said Msaka.
He added that distribution of LED bulbs by ESCOM and a project to procure diesel generators will bring the number of extra electricity bought to 200 megawatts.
“Remember also the project where ESCOM is distributing LED bulbs that will serve 50 megawatts of Electricity and they are also purchasing diesel generators that will provide 46 megawatts of electricity” Msaka said.