Man gets 10 years behind bars after being caught red-handed cutting TelOne drop wires


Man sentenced to 10 years for vandalizing telecom infrastructure

In a stark warning to would-be offenders, the Harare Magistrates’ Court has handed down a 10-year jail sentence to 28-year-old Tectar Chimutsa for his role in damaging critical telecommunications infrastructure.

The incident occurred on April 17th, 2024, when Chimutsa, accompanied by a juvenile, was spotted by two passersby cutting TelOne drop wires in the Mabelreign suburb of Harare. The observant citizens quickly apprehended Chimutsa and escorted him to the nearest police station, leading to his swift arrest.

Chimutsa was charged with contravening the Postal and Telecommunications Act, specifically the provision prohibiting the “destroying, injuring or removing any telecommunication line belonging to or used by a telecommunication licensee.”

The incident highlights the growing problem of infrastructure vandalism across the country, which has become a major concern for authorities and service providers. Experts warn that such acts not only disrupt vital services but also carry significant financial implications for the nation.

As the country continues to modernize and expand its digital connectivity under the able leadership of His Excellency Dr ED Mnangagwa, the protection of vital communication networks remains a top priority for the government and law enforcement agencies. This sentencing serves as a stark reminder that those who choose to vandalize such infrastructure will face severe consequences.

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