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Landlord on defence for removing meter

By CHRISTINE CHIHAME
THE Kitwe Magistrate’s Court has placed a landlord and three tenants of Kitwe’s Mulenga township on defence after finding them with a case to answer for allegedly abstracting a Zesco pre-paid meter.
This is in a case in which Godfrey Phiri, Edwin Nkonde, Irene Kunda and Maureen Nakamba pleaded not guilty to one count of fraudulent appropriation of electricity.
It is alleged that on April 15, this year, in Kitwe, the quartet unlawfully and fraudulently abstracted or by-passed a Zesco pre-paid meter number 07075204953 from house number 4149 and connected to five semi-detached flats.
When the matter came up for continuation of trial, Peter Chizanda, a police officer, told the court that on the material day, he received a report from Zesco that some people were allegedly using electricity illegally.
Mr Chizanda told the court that he, together with an employee from Zesco, visited the township to verify the information.
He testified that upon arrival at the house in question, Gally Malupande, an electricity expert, inspected the pre-paid meter.
Mr Chizanda said they discovered that a black-and-red cable was punctured to the meter.
“the following day, i summoned the quartet to the police station and interviewed them. They did not give me satisfactory answers, hence I decided to charge and arrest them,” Mr Chizanda said.
Magistrate Prosper Mwila set September 26, this year, for continued trial

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