ZESCO records a drop in illegal connections

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ZESCO has recorded a drop in the number of illegal extensions of power from 625 in August 2013 to 300 in August 2014 countrywide.


ZESCO spokesperson Henry Kapata has however expressed worry with the increasing vandalism of ZESCO transformers in Ndola, Kabwe and Lusaka.


Mr Kapata explained that according to the company’s intensive daily audits, vandalism of ZESCO facilities has increased by 18 percent.


He told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that 95 percent of vandalism occurs on power cables with the Copperbelt Province topping the list at 73 percent.


The ZESCO spokesperson has since warned that anyone caught stealing or vandalizing ZESCO cables or transformers will be prosecuted.


Mr Kapata charged that ZESCO is losing millions of kwacha through vandalism and theft of electricity cables which he said could be used for expansion of projects and new connections.


And Mr Kapata disclosed that the newly constructed Ndeke substation in Mufurila district on the Copperbelt will be commissioned before the end of the year.