By Jerold Sasa
THREE men have been arrested in Mtawatawa in connection with the theft of cables from ZESA transformers in Uzumba Maramba Pfungwe.
The three were arrested after a tip off from members of the public following a spate of theft of electricity cables from transformers and are being charged under Section 60 (a) of the Electricity Act Chapter 13, which makes it an offence to cut, injure, damage or interfere with any apparatus for generating, transmitting, supplying or distributing electricity.
ZRP Mashonaland East Spokesperson, Inspector Simon Chazovachii confirmed the arrest: “Police arrested these three suspects who were in the habit of stealing copper cables and vandalising electricity transformers. We thank members of the public for working with the police.”
The community, which has experienced electricity disruptions in the area, welcomed the arrests.
“Our development had been disrupted by these thieves, so we are happy,” said Uzumba Member of Parliament, Simba Mdarikwa.
One of the suspects, James Leonard, was on the police wanted list after he absconded court for a similar offence in 2020, in which his three co-accused are serving 27-year jail terms for the offence.