Balaka residents rescue Escom transformer from attempted theft

Residents of Khwisa Trading Centre in Balaka foiled an attempted theft of an Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) Limited transformer in the district last week.

Residents surround the vehicle that was allegedly hired by the suspects
There has been a spate of transformer vandalism and theft in the country leading to long periods of blackouts in the affected areas

Malawi Police Service  in Balaka have since arrested two suspects and seized a motor vehicle they were reportedly driving in

Escom public relations manager Innocent Chitosi confirmed the incident, saying the suspects and the vehicle are being kept at Balaka Police Station.

Chitosi identified the suspects as Aubrey Chidothi and Dickson Chipoya.

He said: “A  joint investigation by the police and Escom security personnel revealed that an Escom  employee, Madalitso  Gama, allegedly hired the vehicle, a Toyota Dyna registration number MJ 226, in Blantyre on Wednesday last week.

“Gama, who is at large  was transferred from Balaka to Blantyre last year. He is a faults operator but went on leave and was expected back in office mid this month.”

He explained that the vehicle picked two other people from Blantyre and another one in Balaka.

“They went to Khwisa Trading Centre and disconnected the transformer. Residents at the centre were suspicious and apprehended the two while the others, including Gama fled from the scene,” he said.

Chitosi said besides Gama others on the run are Isaac Jonas, a temporary linesman at Balaka Escom office and Ted Mussa an ex-Escom employee.

He has since urged the general public across the country to emulate members of the community at Khwisa in being vigilant in protecting ESCOM property.

There has been a spate of transformer vandalism and theft cases leaving several areas in darkness for long periods.

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Busuman Banda
5 months ago

8 month in power kwanteke waba kake K6 Billion ndiye mudandaula transfomer ya K10 pin Bastad chakwela ungoti bola ndikuba ndalama ziko likuwonongeka nthawi zinse inetu dele chani chimenecho you’re FOOL that FOOL start with capital F

Lego
5 months ago
Reply to  Busuman Banda

That is what we call foolishness.So you are supporting this because its a small money?

Nyekhwe the nyex
Nyekhwe the nyex
5 months ago

It is indeed true. That “OSAOPA” mentality created lawlessness. We saw people carrying stolen goods in the name of democracy with no consequence. There is no respect of rule of law. Aliyense akwantele basi. This country is going to the dogs. Things will get worse with the negative economic effects of Corona virus pandemic. Kuba will be rife. The government needs to wake up and do the needful.

Mawu a muchipululu
Mawu a muchipululu
5 months ago

Zinayamba nthawi ya AMuluzi izi. If you live in Malawi you know when vandalism started

Backbencher
Backbencher
5 months ago

@Mau a Muchipululu kutanthauza kuti ngati palibe mtsogoleri angasinthe zomwe zinayamba ndi a Muluzi? Two wrongs do not make right.

M’mesa awawa amati asintha zinthu?

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
5 months ago

Ndiudido wa aliyense kutetedza katundu , Boma ndife , Kodi tiyembekedze wa police kukhala paliponse alipo ochepa koma lets have police community ,

Ginimbi, the illuminate, the likes of Bushiri

we are reaping the fruits of nepotism at work places, if and only if these jobs were given to the rightful deserving candidates such cases would be inexistent. Ntchito zopezerana pa chiweniweni, no sanity, no discipline, zimangoti kwantele basi

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
5 months ago

Very much true my bro,

Che Pichesi
Che Pichesi
5 months ago

Every intelligent Malawian religiously know that The President you disrespectful call Kwantere has been in power for 8 months only whilst issues at escom dates back to the dpp era. Eg. Car hire saga , fuel saga, genset saga etc. You cannot blame Kwantere when you know who is the source of this problem. Let us remove personal hatred and speak the truth

Lego
5 months ago
Reply to  Che Pichesi

Tell them my bro.The only thing they have got in their minds is personal hatred.

Dowa boy
Dowa boy
5 months ago
Reply to  Lego

During dpp time u didn’t see that personal hatred. Everyone who supports dpp is being labelled as mlhomwe. Personal hatred ikapose pamene
Same with udf n dpp alliance what inu ana anjoka said? Ai dziko ili silama families awiri ai .mukanena izi coz of personal hatred

Esnarth Yaluwera
Esnarth Yaluwera
5 months ago
Reply to  Che Pichesi

8 months is adequate enough to demonstrate you capabilities. If you work you know what I mean. Lazalo and Chilima are losing it. Wise up.

mtete
mtete
5 months ago

Sure you can demonstrate your capabilities in a period of eight months. However, it can be an uphill task if you are dealing with deformed minds as is currently the case with ESCOM which up to now is full of square pegs in round holes you cannot easily rid of because of employment conditions.

Mpakateni
5 months ago

In an organisation if you are given six month you may be one of the lucky ones, but most newly recruited staff is given three months probation after which you are told to stay or leave. So, eight months for Chakwera is more than enough. How many months are made of 100 days? If nothing tangible is on the table within the first 100 days, then the conclusion is that the government has failed the test.

Lego
5 months ago

Is 8 months adequate for the president to perform his duty?You don’t judge a president in 8 months.We just got this mind set in our brains,otherwise he is trying look at the agriculture inputs no one can complain only fools like you can do so.Mind you he took over in the time when the whole world is at a stand still because of this Covid-19 pandemic.We must learn to appreciate sometimes.This is not a government of Ana Adad like what Jomo a cal they used to do.

KWANTERE
KWANTERE
5 months ago
Reply to  Che Pichesi

The president has indeed been in power for 8 months but the time he’s been in power should’ve started showing positive results if he was really serious about eradicating corruption and nepotism. But instead these things are happening even amongst his own people that he chose himself. Ku statehouse konko, corruption and nepotism ndiye osakamba. Ndiye sikuti tikudana naye koma tikukamba zomwe zikuchitika on the ground. Change does not need one to be in office for over a year or a whole term

tiko
tiko
5 months ago
Reply to  KWANTERE

akwantere mwina mukuwatuma ndinu akubawa. nanga president akalondere transformer.

Edward Balloni
Edward Balloni
5 months ago
Reply to  KWANTERE

Thumbs up Nkhwisa Community we need such community that takes its responsibilities in taking care of public properties. Don’t politicize everything in the name of democracy , this won’t help our country to develop .Let’s emulate good example from our colleagues from Balaka .

Lego
5 months ago
Reply to  KWANTERE

The president has got two legs and he can not be a watchman on something that is there to help the community.We should not comment based on hatred but with positive contribution how to cab this stupid behavior of stealing things that are help the community to develop.

Dowa boy
5 months ago
Reply to  Che Pichesi

Where were u when he said muntharika is sleeping on the seat just when he had only 4 months in government?and u are talking of him having 8 months in government.chili kwazako umati chigwire nyanja lero ndi izi

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