ZESCO has lost over K1.6 million, this year so far, due to vandalism on its installations.
In a statement issued by ZESCO Public Relations Manager Hazel Zulu, the power company recorded a total of 261 cases of vandalism in the first quarter of 2020, worth K1,657,267.03.
She states that the most vandalized items were transmission towers, transformers and copper cables.
She further states that highest number of incidences were recorded in the Copperbelt, Southern, North-Western and Lusaka provinces.
“As a corporation we are saddened by this development as it is detrimental to the development of the energy sector and the country at large. As you know electrical equipment involves huge amounts of money and investments and any acts of vandalism is retrogressive and takes the corporation and the country backwards” she states.
She warns vandals that the company will ensure that they are brought to book.
47 people have so far been arrested this year and that 12 people have since been convicted while 41 cases are still active in court.
She has appealed to the public to report any cases of vandalism to the police.