ZESCO reports 10% reduction in vandalism cases, as court convicts one for stealing earthing wire


The Subordinate Court of the First Class for the Lusaka District has convicted Clement Changa for the theft of a ZESCO Limited earthing wire, contributing to a 10 percent reduction in vandalism cases.

According to ZESCO spokesperson, Matongo Maumbi, Changa was sentenced to six months of imprisonment with hard labour.

In a statement issued in Lusaka on Sunday, Maumbi mentioned that the security services conducted activities aimed at reducing vandalism, theft, fraud, corruption and motor vehicle abuse.

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“These efforts resulted in the recovery of property valued at K235,264.25 and the recording of 14 arrests and 2 convictions,” he said.

Furthermore, he pointed out that the just-ended week saw a total of 51 cases, resulting in property losses valued at K1,098,839.

“This is a notable increase compared to the previous week’s 53 cases, which saw losses valued at K132,552.82,” Maumbi added.

Additionally, Maumbi said that there was a 10 percent reduction in vandalism cases, from 42 to 38.
“Moreover, there were 8 cases of attempted vandalism and five cases related to other crimes,” he added.

He noted that on May 31, 2024, ZESCO officers conducted a successful operation in Namwala District, Southern Province, resulting in the arrest of four suspects for the theft of ZESCO Limited property.

Recovered items included cables, steel wires, steel bars and bulbs, which were found in the suspects’ residences.

The suspects are currently detained at Namwala Police Station pending court appearances.

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