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Gutu man dies in botched illegal power connection at Chisheche

Precila Takabvirakare

MPANDAWANA –
An employee with the Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority (Zesa) Gutu depot
died last week Saturday at Chisheche business centre around 9:00hrs while
trying to illegally connect a shop to the national grid.
Masvingo
provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Charity Mazula although said she had
heard about the case, she did not have finer details.
“I have heard
about the case but I haven’t been able to get in touch with the officer in
charge Gutu district,” said Mazula, warning members of the public of the public
not to attempt illegal electricity connections.
Sources
said Shadreck Mutenheri (37) was invited by his brother and a Joseph Nyangove
to go and assist them to connect the business premise to electricity, claiming
they had been given a tender by a contractor from Rutenga.
It
is said that his brother climbed onto an electricity pole to make the
connections, but Mutenheri later demanded to be allowed to complete the work as
he could do it quicker.
It
is further said that as he climbed up the pole barefooted, he stepped on a live
wire and got burnt, with smoke coming out of his mouth. The other accomplices ran
away but came back later to retrieve the body and rush it to Gutu Mission
Hospital.
The
deceased, who was buried at Chatsworth in Gutu West on Tuesday, is survived by
a wife and three children.

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