Six nabbed for theft of ZESA property

By Tapiwa Machemedze in Bindura

Police in Mashonaland Central Province have nabbed six suspects for vandalism of ZESA transformers and theft of armoured cables all valued at US$12 504.

Zimbabwe Republic Police Mashonaland Central Province Deputy Spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Naison Dhliwayo said the suspects allegedly vandalised two transformers at Piedmont Farm and stole copper windings.

Alert residents trailed them and effected a citizens’ arrest before informing the police, who recovered copper windings, armoured cables, a bolt cutter, spanners and five satchels containing clothing.

“Today ZRP Mashonaland Central province would like to register an appreciation to a job well done by members of public which led to arrest of six accused persons for theft and vandalism of ZESA cables and recovery if various properties of ZESA. These are the fruits of a launch on 21 June 2022 at Glendale after we discovered there was a lot of theft and vandalism of infrastructure,” he said.

Assistant Inspector Naison Dhliwayo

Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company Bindura District Manager, Engineer Rungano Gapa said cases of theft have slightly decreased following an anti-vandalism campaign, although recent cases are disturbing.

He said, “We are looking at US$100 to US$120 000 lost every month and I’m glad to say following the campaign we had at Glendale, the rate of vandalism has gone down slightly, but it is still disturbing, with latest incident we are witnessing being at Piedmont Farm where we lost two transformers.

Engineer Rungano Gapa

“What we are witnessing are the windings within the transformer tank; that’s what they are after. It’s going to takes us close to US$12 000 or more to get that transformer replaced and all somebody wants is just two to 300 dollars.”

Meanwhile, a seventh suspect, David Kamutiti is on the run and police are appealing for information leading to his arrest.