Police in Mzuzu have arrested business person Agnes Kambeu, 37, and her aide, Lusekelo Ambonishe, for allegedly being found in possession of K23 million property suspected to have been stolen from the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) Limited.
Mzuzu Police Station spokesperson Paul Tembo said the two were arrested on September 25 this year and started appearing in court in Mzuzu on Tuesday.
They are answering a charge of possessing property suspected to have been stolen, contrary to Section 329 of the Penal Code.
A statement from Escom on Wednesday said while searching Kambeu’s house at Chibanja in the city, police found 1 000 metres of 175 milimetres aluminium electricity conductors, 18 electric tower members and 18 bags stuffed with assorted copper conductors.
Reads the statement: “The materials are valued at K23 million. Escom engineers identified the materials as having been stolen from Escom construction sites in the Northern Region.
“The suspects told investigators that they sourced the materials from a contractor who was working in the city. Meanwhile, investigations are continuing to round up all the suspects in the crime and also to trace other materials that are still missing.”
Meanwhile, Escom has commended community members for rendering support in its fight against organised crime.
Kambeu comes from Chimwendo Village Traditional Authority (T/A) Mzikubola in Mzimba while Ambonishe is from Mwakanyamala Village, T/A Kyungu in Karonga. n