An electrical engineering student has been jailed for 11 years for illegally connecting electricity to his father’s shop in Gutu.

Gideon Gweshengwe (23) was charged for contravening Section 60 A (1) (a) of the Electricity Act chapter 13:19 for abstracting and diverting electricity.The court heard that the college student unlawfully connected electricity at Chengetai Investment Stores at Chihambakwe business centre from January to May 20.




The offence was discovered by a Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (ZESA) liaison officer who reported to the police, leading to the suspect’s arrest.Gweshengwe pleaded guilty before Gutu Resident Magistrate Edwin Marecha and begged for mercy saying he was still a student and was ready to pay the outstanding bill.

I am sorry your worship, if you may forgive me and let me pay the outstanding bill. I connected electricity because when ZESA people came in January in Chihambakwe, they  only connected for our neighbor despite the fact that we had also paid the connection fee and called the same day.

“I was hurt seeing how these people are corrupt and decided to connect for myself since I learnt the skill at school,” Gweshengwe said.Marecha sentenced the young man to11 years saying there is nothing the court would do to lessen the sentence since such offenses were
already recorded.

Marecha however suspended 1 year on condition that Gweshengwe pays $1 684 to ZESA by November 30 2016 failure of which he will serve the whole 11 years.


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