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Copper cables thief jailed ten years

By Bernard Chiketo

A Sakubva man has been caged 10 years for tampering with and stealing $2 400 worth of Zesa armoured cables at the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ).

Copper cables theft and vandalism is a serious problem in Zimbabwe
Copper cables theft and vandalism is a serious problem in Zimbabwe

Farai Murimbechi, 34, of Sakubva was convicted after a full trial by magistrate Tendai Mahwe. His co-accused Theophelus Mukome, 28, was acquitted. Murimbechi was convicted of three counts of contravening section 60 (A) (3) (A) (B) of the Electricity Act Chapter 13:19 that outlaws tempering “with any apparatus for generating, distributing, or supplying electricity with the result that any supply of electricity may be disturbed”.

It was the State’s case that on a date unknown to prosecutors but in January 2019, Murimbechi cut and removed 10kg of copper cables from the NRZ electricity line contravening the Act.
They were valued at $500.

In the second charge, Murimbechi stole six metres, valued at $200, of copper cables from another NRZ line.

He also stole a further 30 metres of copper cables valued at $1 700.

Murimbechi was given the mandatory 10-year jail sentence.

Chris Munyuki was prosecuting. DailyNews