Zesco loses cables worth K65,000 to vandalism in June
By Staff Reporter
ZESCO Limited has lost over K65,000 in June due to vandalism of medium voltage cables in Kabushi, Mushili and Kansenshi townships of Ndola on the Copperbelt Province.
In a statement, Zesco Public Relations manager Hazel Zulu said the power utility company was disturbed that most of the incidences were happening during load management, especially in the night.
She said that the recent incidences occurred on June 11, 2019 involving, 120mmsq x 4 core x 10m medium voltage cables amounting to K8,974.00 that were vandalized and stolen in Kabushi township opposite Kabushi A primary school.
Zulu said another incidence was on June 12, 2019, when 120mmsq x 4 core x 5m of medium voltage cables amounting to K4,485.00 were stolen in the same area affecting over a hundred customers.
Other cases of vandalism were reported in Kabushi, Mushili and Kansenshi townships bringing the total cost of vandalized installations in Ndola to K65,000.
“We would like to urge all well-meaning Zambians, particularly residents of Mushili, Kabushi and Kansenshi in Ndola to partner with ZESCO by being vigilant in safeguarding ZESCO installations, which are meant to provide a service to them to make their lives better,”she said.
“As a Corporation we are saddened by this development as it is detrimental to the development of the country especially that the loss incurred is derailing new customer connections. This is a critical material intended for new customer connections but being diverted for these unplanned (emergency) works due to vandalism. As you know electrical equipment involves huge amounts of money and investments and any acts of vandalism takes the Corporation and the country at large backwards”.
“We want to send a stern warning to perpetrators of such vices that ZESCO will not relent in ensuring that the culprits are arrested and brought to book. Perpetrators should know that vandalism is a crime that attracts a minimum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment and a maximum of 25 years’ imprisonment”,she said.
She said assured the public that it would step up line patrols, investigations, and intelligence gathering and sensitization programs at localities where rampant vandalism of cables and transformers had been recorded.