According to the statement released by ESCOM more arrests are imminent. The statement states that the discovery is a result of a reformist approach that ESCOM has embarked on in its quest to serve its customers better.
“ESCOM investigators who are carrying out inspections at customer’s premises uncovered the connections when a customer revealed that a middle man had connected his newly constructed dwelling house.
When questioned, the middle man implicated some ESCOM employees, leading to the arrest of five members of staff. In the operation, ESCOM has established that 50 premises were illegally connected,” reads statement in part.
Two weeks ago, ESCOM busted another syndicate that was engaged in illegal connections of electricity in Lilongwe. The operation in the Capital City yielded ESCOM close to MK15 million in recovered revenue and penalties.
In similar development, three people have been arrested for vandalizing ESCOM cables in Bangwe Township in Blantyre while three more people have been arrested in Lilongwe on similar crime. The arrests according to statement were facilitated by suspicious residents of the cities.