LWSC manhole thieves jailed 28 months

Written by on August 14, 2019


TWO men have been jailed to 28 months in prison with hard labour for stealing manhole covers belonging to Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC).

LWSC managing director Jonathan Kampata named the convicts as Godfrey Chonya and Lottie Mulongwe.

He said they stole and sold the covers as scrap mental to the dealers within Kafue before Zambia Police apprehended them.

In statement issued to the Sun, Mr Kampata said over 100 manholes covers had been stolen from Matero, Kafue and parts of Kabwata in April this year.   

Mr Kampata said the action by Kafue court should serve as a lesson to people who thought stealing water supply systems was a way of life because the company spent huge amounts of money to repair systems damaged by vandals.

“We will remain vigilant and not relent. We are doing this to protect our consumers from the dangers of supplying water using vandalized supply systems,

“As a company, we wish to inform customers that it we will continue to prosecute people bent on steeling public property in order to protect customers two men have been jailed for two years and four months with hard labour for stealing manhole covers,” he said.

Mr Kampata further warned residents to desist from thefts of water systems or face the law without compromise.

He urged members of the public to remain vigilant and report all incidents of vandalism immediately.

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