Malawi: Court Convicts and Fines Man On Illegal Water Connection

12 September 2019

The Lilongwe First Grade Magistrate Court has convicted and fined Shadreck Galeta Banda for impersonating Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) officer and connecting water on people's houses illegally.

Shadreck Galeta Banda Shadreck Galeta Banda

Galeta Banda, 35, committed the offences in March 2018 when he connected water on over 20 houses illegally. He was arrested following investigations by LWB security personnel and Malawi Police Service.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of impersonating a public officer and fraudulent appropriation of water contrary to Section 99 and Section 298 (A) of the Penal Code.

On the first count, First Grade Magistrate Diana Mangwana slapped Galeta Banda with six months suspended sentence. On the second count, the convict was fined K200,000 in default to serve 15 months imprisonment with hard labour (IHL).

Galeta Banda, a resident of Area 36, hails from Ndevu village, T/A Kalolo in Lilongwe district.

LWB and Police have intensified a crackdown campaign on those involved in illegal water connections. On average the Board loses about K120 million every month to illegal connections. Between October 2017 and February 2018, LWB registered 104 cases of illegal connections, 54 of them were confirmed cases. About 38 cases were charged and fined amounting to K226, 359,566.16.

And between February and May, 2018 LWB managed to uncover a total of 86 confirmed cases of illegal connection in various areas within its catchment.

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