Man dies in botched ZESCO cable theft


A 32 year old man of Luanshya’s Mikonfwa Township has been electrocuted in Chingola as he was attempting to vandalize looping cables on a ZESCO pole mounted transformer.

ZESCO Senior Manager Marketing and Public Relations, Bessie Banda says Curtis Mumboto of house number 21 Mikonfwa township is believed to have been in the company others when he met his fate in the early hours of Monday, 11th August.

Mrs Banda in a statement issued to QFM News today says Mumboto had already cut one cable when he got electrocuted.

She says the matter has since been reported to Chingola Central Police Station who have since commenced investigations.

Mrs Banda has also disclosed that ZESCO lost approximately two million Kwacha in revenue due to vandalism of its infrastructure during the year 2013, and that the figure will continue to rise if the scourge is not curbed.

She since appealed to the general public to desist from acts of vandalism which deter development in the electricity sector and report such acts to either ZESCO Limited or the Zambia Police Service.

Mrs Banda says vandalism does not only cost the Corporation revenue, cause power outages, compromise the integrity of the entire electrical system, but it is also an offence, and perpetrators can be prosecuted by law.

( Tuesday 12th August 2014 )