By Peter Kanjere, ESCOM PRO
Police have arrested a man suspected to have vandalized a transformer for ESCOM at Khonjeni Turn-off in Thyolo District on Thursday 20 October 2022.
Thyolo Police spokesperson Amos Tione confirmed the arrest of Mayeso Mission at Makande Estate following a tip-off.
Tione said Mission was in company of three other suspects who fled from the scene. Reports indicate that a second suspect was arrested on Friday.
We will not be able to divulge more details to avoid jeorpadising investigations, he said.
Tione said Mission hails originally from Chikunkhu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mphuka in Thyolo.
The 26-year-old will appear in court to answer charges of theft and vandalism, contrary to Electricity Act and Penal Code. The offences carry custodial sentences
Of late, cases of vandalism have been on the increase, with similar incidents reported in Balaka, Blantyre, Mulanje, Nsanje and Lilongwe.
On October 11 2022, police arrested five people, including an ESCOM temporary security guard, for allegedly attempting to steal transformer oil at the corporation’s Chichiri Power Station in Blantyre.
Blantyre Police spokesperson Deputy Public Relations Officer Aubrey Singanyama confirmed the arrest of the 25-year-old temporary watchman Chinsisi Zingwangwa alongside John Phiri, Jackson Harry, Daniel Kumzinda and James Mgeni.
On September 27 2022, Bangula Senior Magistrate’s Court convicted and sentenced 40-year-old Cosmas Namalima to three years’ imprisonment with hard labour for vandalising copper wire valued at K1.8 million at M’bwazi Village, T/A Mulolo in the district.
The previous month on August 29 2022, community policising members of Chiwamba area in Lilongwe arrested Kondwani Chikoma while vandalizing stay-wire along the 11KVA powerline from Kanengo to Chiwamba in T/A Chimutu in the district.