Police could be close to unlocking the puzzle of the rampant theft of Zesa transformers that has left large swathes of the country in total power blackout after five suspected thieves were nabbed near Sadza in Chikomba on June 5 2019.
Lloyd Jesinilas 29, Cosnath Moyo 22, Petros Manjengwa 24, Pacial Makamero 20 and Nathan Chiremba 22 were denied bail by Magistrate Samuel Chitumwa when they appeared before him facing charges of stealing Zesa transformers.
Corence Chimbadzwa representing the State said that on June 4, 2019 at Chikwezvero Primary School in Sadza, the five destroyed a 25KVA ZETDC transformer that supply electricity to the school by cutting off copper wires that are attached to the transformer. They then unscrewed the bolts and nuts of the top cover of the transformer and removed the inner copper windings.
Chimbadzwa further says that on June 5, 2019 at Mutekedza Business Centre, Sadza, the accused stole a 50KVA transformer that supplied electricity to the centre. At around 2am they switched off the supply of electricity by disconnecting the links on the 50KVA transformer using a wooden stick, then cut off some copper wires that supply electricity to the transformer.
Sadza Police officers received a tip off that there was a suspicious Toyota Wish parked near Sadza Bridge along Sadza-Wedza Road. The police reacted to the information and managed to apprehend the five and recovered three inner copper windings of the transformer, electric wire, seven spanners of different sizes, two ropes and two knives