Lusaka, 31 May 2024

ZESCO Limited has successfully conducted a series of operations aimed at reducing vandalism, theft, fraud, corruption, and motor vehicle abuse during the past week leading to the recovery of property valued at K374,171.32 across all crime categories.

In a statement today, ZESCO Company Spokesperson Matongo Maumbi said the week concluded with three arrests and one conviction, underscoring the department’s commitment to maintaining public safety and order.

Mr. Maumbi said a total of 53 cases were recorded this week, resulting in property losses amounting to K1,132,552.82.

He said this marks a slight increase from the previous week, which saw 52 cases and property losses of K689,650.64.

Meanwhile, Mr. Maumbi noted that vandalism cases rose by 10%, with 42 incidents reported compared to 38 in the prior week.

He added that there were five cases of attempted vandalism and five other crimes not related to vandalism.

And Mr. Maumbi said that one of the highlights of the week was the successful conviction of Morris Nsama, aged 34, of Kankoyo, Mufulira.

He explained that on September 14, 2023, during a routine motorized patrol in Ndola, ZESCO Security and State Police officers apprehended Nsama.

Mr. Maumbi said Nsama was caught vandalizing a 120mm² x 4 Core Cable at a transformer, valued at K6,471.00 and the vandalism resulted in a power outage in the area.

Mr. Maumbi stated that although Nsama’s accomplices escaped, he was arrested after attempting to hide in a drainage ditch.

“Following thorough investigations, it was revealed that Nsama and his accomplices were all residents of Mufulira. Nsama was committed to the High Court for a summary trial on October 24, 2023. The trial began in May 2024, and Nsama was found guilty and sentenced to ten years of imprisonment with hard labor, effective from the date of his arrest on September 14, 2023.”

“The successful operations and the conviction of Morris Nsama serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders and demonstrate ZESCO’s unwavering commitment to protecting public infrastructure and property.” Mr. Maumbi said

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