Council workers nabbed for stealing PVC water pipes



A Redcliff Municipality plumber and his Kwekwe counterpart, were nabbed following a concerned resident sold them out for stealing PVC water pipes.

The pipes were purchased by Redcliff Municipality and have been using them to construct a 2kilometre long water pipeline in an endeavor to ease water challenges that rock the town.

The whistleblower who has been monitoring progress of the construction a 2kilometre water pipeline in Redcliff, raised alarm after he noticed the shoddy deals leading to the arrest of the workers.

Wilson Tangire (38) a plumber at Redcliff Municipality reportedly connived with another Kwekwe plumber, Abiot Dube (45) to steal 30 pipes meant for the construction of a water pipeline from Kwekwe to Redcliff.

They were arrested following a tip-off by a whistleblower and arraigned before Kwekwe Magistrate Florence Nago facing theft charges.

They were released on $1 000 bail each and will be back in court on July 31.

Prosecuting, Ethel Bhumure told the court that on dates unknown to her, but between June and July, the two connived to take the said pipes.

“During the month of June and July, Tangire took 30 by 110 PVC water pipes and gave them to Dube. Dube went on to sell the pipes to another man,” she told the court.

A member of the public who has been monitoring and concerned about progress at of the water pipeline then alerted council officials who reported the matter to the police.

Police conducted investigations and recovered 20 pipes while 10 more are yet to be discovered.