Court Fines MCP Councilor For Tempering With Escom Meter

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) councilor for Dedza Boma Ward, Davie Lingalawe on Monday was fined by the Dedza First Grade Magistrates Court for tampering with Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) equipment.

Lingalawe, 58, and electrician Shanday Callisto, 29, were arrested and charged with interference with supplies of electricity or disturbs or tampers with any meter or other energy measuring instrument or apparatus contrary to Section 40(2)(b) of Energy Regulation Act of 2004.

The court slapped Callisto with five year jail term with no option of fine while Lingalawe was ordered to pay a fine of K100, 000.00 or spend time in jail for 18months; he paid the fine.

Assistant Superintendent Patrick Chambuluka that Escom officials discovered the ingalawe had disturbed or tampered with the meter box on the pole that supplies electricity to his bottle store which is known at the Boma as Zabwino bottle store.

He had hired Callisto to do the job on his behalf, and the court learnt that Callisto is no first offender as he was once jailed 24 months in 2015.

In mitigation the Lingalawe apologized for his conduct.

Magistrate Ennete Banda said it was a disgrace for an elected councilor who should uphold the Constitution to break the laws.

Lingalawe hails from Chigwammowa village, T/A Chakhumbila in Ntcheu district while Callisto comes from Senzani village, T/A Phambala in Ntcheu.

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