- At least 2,000 households in the Zimbabwean capital Harare were left no choice other than sleeping in darkness on Thursday after thieves vandalised transformers and electric cables. It is reported that residents in the capital's most densely populated suburbs of Mabvuku, Highfield and Kambuzuma were affected most.
Besides, several suburbs in Bulawayo -Zimbabwe's second city - had been without electricity for more than five days, mainly because of the breakdown of transformers.
It is beyond imaginations that thieves could go extra mile to drain oil from transformer substations to mix with diesels to use them with melted power cables to make pots and pans.
"At least 80 transformers are down and among those transformers 27 have plunged about 2 000 households into darkness as a result of theft and vandalism of ZESA property," Zimbabwe Electricity Supply Authority, spokesperson James Maridadi told the state-controlled 'Herald' daily newspaper.
Zimbabwe - a country synonymous with gross violation of rights of citizens - is also battling with shortages of food, fuel and medicines. With inflation over 1,000 percent and lack of foreign currency, one wonders how Zimbabwe is going to replace the vandalised electric equipment.
Vandalism of electric equipment has been a common recurrence in Zimbabwe.
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