10 years for stealing power cables

MUTARE - A 32-year-old man has been caged 10 years for stealing $5 000 worth of electricity cables.

Francis Jasi of 582, Railways, Dangamvura  stole the power cables at Inn on the Vumba Mountain, just outside Mutare.

He was convicted on his own plea of guilt by magistrate Sekai Chiundura, who slapped him with the minimum mandatory jail term.

Jasi was arrested in the process of selling the 6mm by 850m copper cables to John Katerere, who was remanded in custody to February 24. He denies the charge.

The two are being charged with contravening Section 60 (A) 3 (A) of the Electricity Amendment Act Chapter 13: 19, which deals with tampering with any apparatus for generating, transmitting, distributing or supplying electricity with the result that any supply of electricity is interrupted or cut.

According to State papers, the two cut the copper cables at Inn on the Vumba on January 26.

On February 7, detectives from the Minerals Unit received information that Jasi and Katerere were carrying the cables towards Mutare-Masvingo highway.

Acting on the information, the detectives teamed up with Zesa security officers and proceeded to the place. They intercepted the two who had bundles of copper cables.

The two bundles of copper cables were valued at $5 100. They also had a pair of pliers, 12 metres rope and a hacksaw.

Jasi confessed to cutting down the power cables .

Katerere, however, argued that although he was arrested in possession of the cables, he had not participated in cutting them from the power line but was in the processing of buying them from Jasi.

Donald Mudadirwa was prosecuting.

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