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Former Escom employee, guards arrested over 400 stolen prepaid meters

Written by  Charles Mphwere


BLANTYRE, November 10, 2017, Mana: Police in Ndirande are keeping in custody a former Escom employee and five security guards working at its warehouse for conniving to steal over 400 prepaid meters. 

According to Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Augustus Nkhwazi, Escom officials in October this year discovered unregistered pre-paid meters in Chilimba.

The development caused the management to institute an audit probe at its warehouse at Makata Industrial Site which later revealed that over 400 prepaid meters and key pads were missing.

“The matter was reported to Ndirande Police Sub –Station and the investigations led to the arrest of five security guards who were providing security at the warehouse.

“When quizzed during interrogation, the guards confessed to have been stealing the pre-paid meters and that they were selling them to Jonathan Chirwa,” he said.

Nkhwazi said, “The police on Wednesday searched Chirwa’s Residence in Mbayani Township where they recovered 20 pre-paid meters, fifteen keypads and numerous Escom application forms. He was later arrested.”

The 43 year old Chirwa hails from Kasitobondo Village in T/A Kafuzira in Nkhotakota and will answer charges of receiving property unlawfully obtained contrary to section 328 of the penal code while the other five suspects will answer charges of theft by servant contrary to section 286 of the penal code.

The five are Fandasi Seteya, 25,  from Naphungu Village in T/A Juma in Mulanje, Micheal Sinala 27,from  Chalura Village, T/A Chakhumbira in Ntcheu, Malowe Chirwa, 34, from Chibwana Village, T/A Mankhambira in Nkhata-Bay, Alfred Nansongole, 32, from Kim Village ,T/A Mwambo in Zomba and Francis Harry, 39, from Namitambo  Village, T/A Kadewere in Chiradzulu district.

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