Maputo — The central Mozambican cities of Beira and Chimoio are suffering power cuts because thieves have vandalized the transmission lines, in order to steal metal parts, notably pylon angle brackets.
According to a Wednesday statement from the publicly owned electricity company, EDM, the thieves struck between Chimoio and the locality of Chibata. They knocked down one pylon.
Other areas affected by the damage to the transmission lines were Manica town, Dondo, Mafambisse, Lamego and Messica – but here power was quickly restored because EDM staff were able to activate alternative power systems.
EDM teams, said the statement, are on the ground working to raise the fallen pylon and to replace the stolen equipment in order to ensure the normal functioning of the system, thus restoring full power to Beira and Chimoio.
The police have been notified of the thefts, and are working with EDM in attempts to ascertain the identity of the thieves and arrest them.
EDM is also appealing to the public for greater vigilance and “to denounce to the authorities similar acts which disturb the normal supply of electricity and the normal activity of people and of companies”.
EDM, like the telecommunications company TDM, and the rail company CFM, has suffered repeated thefts of cables and metallic parts. Often the destination of the stolen goods is the thriving scrap metal market.