3 Arrested Over ESCOM Transformer Theft

ESCOM is struggling with theft of its equipment such as transformers ESCOM is struggling with theft of its equipment such as transformers - file photo

Police in Balaka have arrested three suspects in connection with Electricity Supply Cooperation of Malawi (ESCOM) stolen transformer which was vandalized at Andiamo last week.

According to Balaka Detective Sub Inspector, James Chimulu, the stolen property is valued at K3 million

Balaka ESCOM District Distribution Officer, Joseph Saliwa, has confirmed the recovery of 35kgs of copper wire, 12 small pieces of timber which are used to climb ESCOM poles, one cable cutter, one catapult, and some stones for defending themselves during operations, and a motorbike they use to transport stolen items.

Three days ago, ESCOM reported another vandalism of Its stolen wire at Mitengwe Primary School, Utale ll Primary School and Magombo Primary School.

The three suspects, Maxwell Nasekwa, 37, Patrick Nasekwa, 29, Innocent Christopher Sungani, 31, hail from Mtidza village, Traditional Authority, Navuka, Mulanje and Chikwengwe village, Traditional Authority, Mbiza, Zomba, respectively.

Police are hunting for three more suspects in connection with the vandalism who are still at large.

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