ZESA partners ZBC in vandalism awareness campaign

By Peter Chivhima

The Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority has partnered with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio Zimbabwe to raise awareness on the effects of electricity cables theft amid a surge of cases nationwide.

Speaking on the sidelines of a roadshow held at Mutoko Centre in Mashonaland East Province on Saturday, Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Loss Control Manager, Mr Webster Mehlo encouraged members of the public to report any suspected cases of vandalism.

“Let us desist from a culture of intentionally vandalising electricity infrastructure. The high-level of theft and vandalism impacts negatively on the power utility’s ability to provide uninterrupted power and replace the stolen materials since most of them are imported and require scarce foreign currency,” he said.

Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority spokesperson, Dr George Manyaya lauded the partnership saying this will help the entity to connect with people.

He said: “Such partnerships are important to us and the entire nation as they help connecting with the people.”

The event attracted a huge turnout who applauded the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and its partners for coming up with edutainment programs.

The nation has witnessed a spike in cases of electricity cable theft and infrastructure damage.

Recently, a 25-year-old copper cable thief, Victor Chibande of Chinhoyi was sentenced to an effective 10-year imprisonment.