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Zesco experienced massive vandalism on its installations in October, employee tells court

A ZESCO employee has told the Chipata Magistrates’ Court that the power utility experienced massive vandalism on its installations in the district in October this year.

Testifying in a matter where Brian Phiri and Esau Mwanza are charged with possession of property believed to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained after they were allegedly found with Zesco cables, the company’s Chipata office head of security Victor Ntalasha said after discovering that vandalism cases had increased the company decided to start carrying out patrols.

He said the patrols were done in conjunction with Zambia police and other security firms.

“On 24th November 2017, during our patrol in Kalongwezi area, I was informed that someone had been apprehended by one of our security men after he was found vandalising Zesco cables. So we interrogated this man we came to know as Brian Phiri. This man led us to his house in Magazine compound where we discovered copper conductors and other cables in the spare bedroom,” Ntalasha said.

He said after being asked, the suspect said the cables were not his but belonged to his friend Esau Mwanza. Ntalasha said his team looked for Mwanza until he was apprehended. He said after being interrogated, Mwanza said he knew Phiri but that they were not working together. Ntalasha said they later dragged the two suspects to police whilst awaiting court appearance.

Resident magistrate Boniface Mwala adjourned the matter to February 8, 2018 for continuation of trial.

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