Chikomba— Northwood, a Chivhu low-density suburb has been plunged into darkness after thieves stripped 26 meters of copper cable from the main transformer.
The incident happened on Friday at around 11pm due to theft. Residents assumed it was a routine load shedding only to realize the following day that it was due to copper cable theft.
Mashonaland East Police spokesperson Simon Chazovachiyi confirmed the theft and warned thieves of the seriousness of the crime that attracts lengthy jail sentences. He also appealed for information that can lead to the arrest of the perpetrators.
“We are appealing for information that can lead to the arrest of the perpetrators,” said Chazovachiyi.
Ward 9 Councillor, Christopher Muchenje said vandalism on electricity transformers has time and again cost residents because that some may have bought perishables that needs refrigerators.
Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) has been affected by vandalism of their properties across the country and in some cases, residents are forced to endure power blackouts for a long period of time as the company struggles to repair their gadgets which are expensive.
The public suspects that the thefts are caused by Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) workers as tempering with high voltage power requires skilled and knowledgeable people.