18 months for stealing Zesa transformer

HARARE - A Zimbabwean Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (Zetdc) employee has been jailed for 18 months after he was convicted for stealing a transformer.

ZETDC is a subsidiary firm of Zesa Holdings (Private) Limited, the country’s power firm.

Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa initially sentenced Pearson Kadzviti to 24 months in prison, before suspending six months.

Prosecutor Gift Zumbika told the court that Kadzviti, 37, was employed by Zetdc as a lead artisan, based at the company’s Mabelreign Depot in Harare.

The court heard Kadzviti hatched a plan to steal electrical equipment from the company in July last year.

Pursuant to his plan, Kadzviti phoned his superior, George Mundora and lied that he had been approached by the company’s central business district depot, requesting to be provided with a 500KVA transformer.

The court heard that he was granted the permission to release the transformer.

Kadzviti hired a crane from Chayamiti Brothers (Private) Limited, driven by Phineas Manditamwe to deliver the transformer at Spear Tec Electrical Private Limited, where he sold it to the company director Tirivangani Muringani.

Muringani intended to install the transformer at Innscor Fast Foods in the city centre, the court heard.

Kadzviti issued out a $13 200 invoice, dated July 13, 2013 on a Eucono Transformers (Private) Limited letterhead.

According to state papers, he was paid $8 316 on July 19 of the same year.

The offence came to light following a tip-off, leading to Muringani reporting the matter to the police and Kadzviti’s subsequent arrest.

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