Consumption of foods cooked using oil extracted from the Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM) transformers has a danger of causing women giving birth to leprosy babies.
If that is not enoufh, the oil also affects men’s libido as they cannot perform better in bed, ESCOM official has revealed.
Electricity transformers have in recent times become targets for vandals who extract oil which is alleged to be sold to fast-foods vendors especially Chips and Chicken Chiwaya hawkers and cooking-oil retail shops.
Stolen transformer oil is said to be mixed with diesel and sold as fuel aside from being mixed with vegetable oil and sold as cooking oil.
Speaking on Tikhale Tcheru TV programme beamed on MBC-TV on Saturday, ESCOM’s Controller of Security Services Precious Mpekansambo revealed the health effects of the oil if consumed by humans.
Mpekansambo said women who use the oil give birth to leprosy children while men do not perform better in bed.
“It is very unfortunate that it is crooked Malawians who are stealing at the expense of other innocent Malawians who require electricity heavily for business purpose and other institutions like hospitals even maize mills,” said Mpekansambo.
“Thieves vandalize our equipment, get wires and oil but let me tell you this, when there is no electricity business stops, this means the development of the country stops as well hence requesting Malawians to protect and take care of ESCOM equipment than waiting Police”.
Mpekansambo said It takes time and it’s very expensive to replace a transformer once has been vandalized.
Speaking in the same programme, the Regional Criminal Investigation Officer for Southern Region Police, Senior Superintendent Edwin Magalasi warned the law-enforcers are working tirelessly to apprehend the vandals.
“This issue of stealing electricity equipment does not concern ESCOM only, but all of us as people because with electricity things are easier. Even as Police we would not work where there is no electricity, where there is no light, we need light to trace thieves and others,” said Magalasi.
Magalasi has since called for law makers to amend some of the country’s laws to provide stiffer punishment on issues concerning ESCOM’s equipment vandalism.
“If they prosecute vandals considering how many Malawians suffered or will have suffered due to the crime, then the punishment must be stiffer and that automatically will deter would-be offenders,” added Magalasi.
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