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.