Vandalism continues to weaken ESCOM’s capacity

A SUSPECTED criminal has been arrested for vandalising equipment belonging to the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, ESCOM.

35-year-old Paulos Mponda is being detained at Chilumba police post in Karonga district as he awaits trial.

Suspicion from ESCOM personnel indicated that criminals have been vandalising electricity tower member angle irons located between the Mzuzu-Karonga power transmission lines.

In reaction, ESCOM organised a joint operation with the Karonga police station.

A police spokesperson told The Express that the operation produced positive results after Mponda was found in possession of 24 tower member angle irons valued at K682, 500.00.

Mponda was using the materials to make oxcarts for personal use.

Police arrested and charged him with an offence of Vandalizing Electricity Installation Equipment contrary to section 45(d) of Electricity Act No 22 of 2004.

Paulos Mponda hails from Mwaungulu village, Traditional Authority Wasambo in Karonga district.

His suspected criminal act, ESCOM says, is very unfortunate as electrical power is one of the components required for the development of Malawi.



    Vandalism is a crime of which the Malawi Police should be serious in taking action. Thieves, armed robbers, gandstars, bundits arise in countries due to hunger, diseases and ignorance which are the causative agents of poverty that hinder the progress of any society.
    There is need for the government to provide SMEs through Poverty Alleviation Program under United Nations Organization of which will pave way for the less privileged to be helped in conducting businesses so as to alleviate poverty.
    The Police are doing great work to combat vandalism in Malawi. Vandals must be punished for such offences committed.


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