Mchinji First Magistrate Court has convicted a bar owner and condemned him with a suspended sentence of 12 months for assaulting an Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi ESCOM employee on May 20  2019.

Central –West Region Police Relations Officer, Alfred Chimthere said First Grade Magistrate Yohane Nkhata slapped Paul Tembo with a 16 month sentence but suspended it to 12 months for assaulting the ESCOM employee, Moses Mwandira.

Tembo aged 40 attacked Mwandira to prevent him from uncovering an illegal connection at a bar located at Kanyama in Mchinji District,

‘’The accused illegally connected electricity from his house to his bar. When ESCOM officials asked he assaulted him .He pleaded guilty to the charge lenient sentence,’’ Chimthere said.

Furthermore the police spokesperson has since warned members of the public against taking the law into their own hands when dealing with ESCOM employees.

Illegal connections which are rampant in the country affect ESCOM service delivery.

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