MCP councillor slapped with fine for illegal tapping of electicity

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) councillor of Bembeke ward  in Dedza, Davie Lingalawe has been fined by the Dedza First Grade Magistrates Court after being found guilty of  tampering with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) equipment.

Callisto sentenced to jail
Callisto sentenced to jail

Lingalawe, 58,  was arrested together with electrician Shanday Callisto, 29, last week after Dedza police received a complaint from Escom investigator that some people in the district tampered with the corporation’s metres to prevent them from measuring actual value of electricity supply to their properties.

The two were charged with interference with supplies of electricity contrary to Section 40(2)(b) of Energy Regulation Act of 2004.

Assistant Superintendent Patrick Chambuluka said Escom officials discovered that Lingalawe had tampered with the meter box on the pole that supplies electricity to his bottle store which is known at the Boma as Zabwino bottle store.

In mitigation, Lingalawe apologized for his conduct. Magistrate Ennete Banda said it was a disgrace for an elected councillor who should be upholding the constitution to break the same laws.

The court slapped Callisto with a five year jail term with no option of fine while Lingalawe was ordered to pay a fine of K100, 000 or spend 18 months in jail.

The councillor paid the fine and walked free.

Lingalawe hails from Chigwammowa village, T/A Chakhumbila in Ntcheu district while Callisto comes from Senzani village, T/A Phambala in Ntcheu.


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chief activist
5 years ago

we have to look at the route cause why ppo indulge in to such tammpres,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,a escom nanu penapake muxitolere………………..yu apply magesi today,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,u come to comnnect five to ten months later…………….can somebody fail to tamper such metres,,,,,,,,haaaa?……….gro up

5 years ago

So what shall happen to his position of councillor? Will he lose it be coz of this criminal conviction?

woyionela patali
5 years ago

Kukondela. Woweluza wopanda choonadi. You mean a judicial can’t see any problem here? I can see from a far what happened between the counsellor and the magistrate. Uyu MWANA wafera kupanda dzina komanso kusowa pogwira. Koma ambuye awona.

Phata la chilungamo
Phata la chilungamo
5 years ago

its true mwana waferapo… You poor judges ndinu mukuononga malawi.. mumabisa olemera ndikumalanga osawuka… same with cash gate cases

Petronas kaunda
5 years ago

Escom delayed to connect electricity to newly built houses in order people to bribe them. They are so corrupted. This force people tog illegal connection.

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