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          Zvishavane cable thieves arrested at roadblock

Christabel Shumba

ZVISHAVANE – Tawanda Chitando aged 23, Shadreck Kudakwashe Diza aged 45, Mark Taweni aged 39 and William Banda aged 26 and two other accomplices were recently arrested on allegations of stealing aluminum cables.

Allegations are that Diza and Taweni went to a house at Council Park in Zvishavane and stole 810kg of aluminium cables belonging to Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa).

They loaded the loot onto a Toyota Raider and the car was then driven towards Masvingo where it was caught at a police roadblock.
Police officers demanded confirmation papers of possession after the accused claimed they had bought the cables from Kenstra Engineering Company in Harare.

The accused persons failed to produce purchase receipts which led to their arrest. The other two accomplices William Banda (26) and Tafadzwa Chitando (23) were also arrested for assisting to load the stolen cables into the truck.

The cables, which were later identified by Zesa employees, were valued at $8100 and were all recovered. Their case came before Zvishavane magistrate Archie Wochiwunga and was postponed to September 17

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