Two Harare man will each serve a 10 year jail term after a Harare magistrate sentenced them to the stipulated mandatory term for tampering with material used for electricity transmission.
The two, Blessmore Kinini,30, and Walter Muza,25, were convicted of charges of contravening section (3a) of the Electricity Act which according to the State prohibits receiving or taking possession of any material used to generate and transmit electricity.
Harare magistrate Barbra Mateko after failing to proffer special circumstances sentenced them to 10 yeard after Prosecutor Peter Kachirika managed to prove his case against them.
Kachirika implored the court to impose a stiff custodial sentence to set an example for individuals who might consider committing the offense in light of the dangers tampering with electricity pose to the general citizens who might come in contact with the exposed wires after the crimes.
“Offences of this nature are on the rise and it is the courts duty to ensure the safety of the people by enforcing stiff penalties for perpetrators,” he said.
The State managed to prove its case that on March 10 around 9am constable Takaruza Jack and Hazvinei Katogo were attached on a Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority operation targeting electricity cables thieves. They patrolled at Siyaso Magaba Complex and bumped into Kinini who carried a white sack. The officers introduced themselves before searching the sack and recovered 18kg of Zesa copper conductors. A Zesa official John Gombe was summoned to police and positively identified the copper cables as those from Zesa and they were valued at $360. That same day Muza was also arrested at Siyaso with another 18kg sack of electricity conductors valued at $360.