Zesa man stoned for dis­con­nect­ing elec­tric­ity

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Feature/analysis/national News - Andile Tshuma Court Re­porter

A 26-YEAR-OLD Bu­l­awayo man al­legedly pelted a Zim­babwe Elec­tric­ity Trans­mis­sion and Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (ZETDC) worker with stones after he dis­con­nected elec­tric­ity at his home.

Fi­delity Ndi­mande of Cow­dray Park ap­peared be­fore West­ern Com­mon­age mag­is­trate Ms Tancy Dube charged with ob­struct­ing a public of­fi­cer.

He pleaded guilty and was re­manded to Oc­to­ber 22 for sen­tence.

For the state, Ms Mar­gret Takawira said on Thurs­day, Mr Phathisa Dube was on duty, go­ing around Cow­dray Park sub­urb dis­con­nect­ing elec­tric­ity for non-pay­ing clients.

“On Oc­to­ber 13 this year at around 11AM, the com­plainant was on duty and wanted to dis­con­nect elec­tric­ity from the ac­cused per­son’s house as he had been by-pass­ing the meter and not pay­ing,” said Ms Takawira.

“The ac­cused per­son be­came an­gry and turned vi­o­lent. He grabbed car keys from the com­plainant’s ve­hi­cle. He forcibly re­moved a lad­der that Mr Dube had used to climb an elec­tric­ity pole to ef­fect dis­con­nec­tion and threat­ened to beat up the com­plainant.”

The court heard that Mr Dube ig­nored the threats and pro­ceeded with his mis­sion.

“The com­plainant took the lad­der, climbed up and dis­con­nected power sup­ply after Zesa con­trol loss of­fi­cers at­tended the scene. Ndi­mande started pick­ing up stones and throw­ing them at the com­plainant,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

The po­lice were called to the scene, lead­ing to Ndi­mande’s ar­rest. @andile_ tshuma

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