Copper thieves jailed
By Tapiwa Machemedze
THE clampdown on vandalism has continued with four men being jailed for a combined 27 years for possession of copper.
The four men, Frighton Moyo, Munyaradzi Maherani, Tafadzwa Matsongabere, and Luckmore Honde were given varying sentences by Bindura Regional Magistrate Eneresi Chivasa, after being found guilty of contravening the Electricity Act.
Moyo was sentenced to nine years as he had a previous conviction for dealing in copper. Maherani and Matsongabere will serve five years each while Honde was sentenced to eight years in prison.
Prosecutor Carson Kundiwona told the court that on September 7, a crack team of officers from the police and the President’s Office obtained information that three men at Wayerera village in Chief Masembura’s area of Bindura were transporting ZESA copper cables.
The team reacted and caught up with the accused at a police roadblock in Chinhamora and arrested them, recovering 32 meters of burnt copper wire weighing 48 kilograms. Upon questioning, the three implicated the fourth accused Luckmore Honde as the seller of the copper, leading to his arrest.
Only last week six men were sentenced to an effective 60 years in prison for theft and vandalism of national infrastructure.