Saturday 9 March 2024


THE National Prosecuting Authority will appeal what it deems to be a “lenient” US$200 fine imposed on the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC) for inadvertently causing the death of a Buhera man.

The Murambinda Magistrates’ Court this week found ZETDC guilty of culpable homicide following the tragic death on March 3, 2022, of 52-year-old Havatendi Kangetsambo, who was electrocuted by unsecured wire cables at a farm paddock.

In a statement, the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) said Kangetsambo was exposed to live power cables at the farm and was electrocuted.

The penalty imposed by the court has riled the NPA which deems it as insufficient.

 The authority said it would appeal the sentence, seeking a more stringent penalty for the company’s negligence that led to Kangetsambo’s untimely death.

This is not the first time ZETDC has been penalised after a similar case.

Three years ago, the power utility was fined $280 000 after a 13-year-old girl was electrocuted at Movern Farm in Chegutu when she came into contact with a low hanging 11kV conductor. Herald


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