LWSC warns scrap metal dealers

THE Lusaka Water and Sewerage Company (LWSC) has warned of legal action against any scrap metal dealer or persons found in possession of stolen manhole covers belonging to the utility.
LWSC public relations officer Nshamba Muzungu said in a statement yesterday that there has been an increase in theft of manholes because of some scrap metal dealers who have been providing a market for the items.
“This has encouraged people to engage in this illegal act. But we would like to warn people to desist from stealing or vandalising any of our installations or property because we will not hesitate to take legal action against any offenders,” Mr Muzungu said.
He urged people to be vigilant and report to police any person involved in thefts of company property, including manhole covers, meter covers, post-paid meters or those masquerading as LWSC employees.
Recently, the Lusaka magistrate court convicted two men of Lusaka for stealing manhole covers belonging to LWSC in Mandevu township.
Mr Muzungu said the manhole covers were estimated to have a market value of K18,000.
“The two men were caught after selling stolen manhole covers to a prominent Lusaka scrap metal dealer, where the items were later recovered following a combined operation involving LWSC security officers and Zambia Police officers at the premises,” he said.
Mr Muzungu said their conviction will serve as a deterrent to would-be offenders.

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