HARARE - Police have busted two men who allegedly drained transformer oil from Zesa Holdings (Zesa) sub stations that service the Msasa area in Harare.
Jonas Mukandhla, 42, of Waterfalls in Harare and Gilbert Mutoko, 38, of Epworth appeared before Harare magistrate Elijah Makomo yesterday facing theft charges.
They are being charged with contravening the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority Act that prohibits tampering with any apparatus used in the distribution and supply of electricity.
The duo was remanded in custody and advised to apply for bail at the High Court.
“You should understand that the offence you are being charged with has a mandatory penalty of ten years if convicted.
“There is no way that this court will hear your petition for bail, Makomo told the accused persons.
Prosecutor Sabastian Mutizirwa alleged that on March 22 Mukandhla and Mutoko hatched a plan to drain transformer oil from Zesa transformers that serviced the Msasa in Harare.
They armed themselves with empty 20 litre containers and moved around in their motor vehicle a Toyota Hiace ABQ 7192.
Police officers who pounced on the duo recovered four 20 litre containers filled with transformer oil.
Mukandhla and Mutoko failed to give satisfactory explanations about how they had possessed the transformer oil leading to their arrest.
Further enquiries with Zesa management revealed that thefts of transformer oil servicing Msasa had been recorded.
The oil recovered from Mukandhla and Mutoko was valued at $400.