Kwekwe man gets 10 years in jail for stealing Zesa transmitting cables

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OWEN MATAVA in Gokwe

A Kwekwe man was last week jailed for an effective 10 years for stealing Zimbabwe Electricity and Transmission Distribution Company electricity conductors.

Lovemore Jamaica Ncube (38) of Village 8 Milsonia a new resettlement area some 45km North East of Kwekwe town, was arrested after police received a tip-off from villagers.

Ncube appeared before Gokwe Regional Magistrate, Taurai Manuwere who sent him to jail for a 10 year period after found him guilty of contravening section 60A (3b) of the Electricity Act Chapter 13:09 which reads ” Cut, Damages, Destroys and or Interfers with apparatus for generation, transmitting, distributing or supplying electricity”.

The value for the stolen cables was 266USD and all the stolen 200 meters of ZETDC transmitting cables weighing 26.45kgs was recovered.

Circumstances are that on November 28 last year at Milsonia Shopping Centre, Ncube unlawfully went and cut four strands of 50 meters long each of ZETDC aluminium cables between two poles and went away unnoticed.

On December 4, 2019, the complainant Zetdc made a report to the police leading to the arrest of Ncube in Village 10, Milsonia.

After his arrest, Ncube led police to the recovery of four insulators and two bundles of aluminium cables in a tuckshop belonging to one Isaiah Makono where he had left the property for safe keeping.

It is the states case that on December 5, 2019, a ZETDC line Artisan, Clever Pauros positively identified the 25 millimetres hard drawn aluminium conductor cables through the bindings on the insulators as ZETDC property.

Liberty Chimwaradze appeared for the state.