SIKANDUKO: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kavango Region recovered two transformers which were found buried in the homestead allegedly belonging to an employee working for the Northern Electricity Distributor (Nored) at Sikanduko Village on the southern outskirt of Rundu on Wednesday night.
The owner of the house where the transformers were buried belongs to a Nored Labourer, Petrus Isak, who is currently admitted in the hospital in the north after he sustained burn wounds from oil. Speculations have it that he sustained the burn wounds while trying to open the transformers.
Iask was first hospitalized in the Rundu Intermediate Hospital before being transferred to the north.
The first transformer, a single phase transformer, comprising of 25 kilovolts is valued at N.dollars N$35 000 while the second one, a three phase transformer, comprises of 200 kilovolts, is estimated at N.dolallars 50 000.
Some eye witnesses at Sikanduko village said on condition of anonymity that the transformers were brought to the homestead by a Nored truck, which rose suspicious that the homeowner could have been behind the syndicate.
The police handcuffed two men who were said to be residing at the homestead and have been called in for questioning. It alleged that the two transformers were being stored by Nored for auction later this year.
The transformers were allegedly illegally removed from Nored’s premise because it (Nored) did not have any auction yet this year.
The Police Crime Investigations Co-ordinator Detective Inspector Chrispin Mubebo told reporters on Thursday that the transformers were recovered following a tip off from community members, who were suspicious about a big hole that were being dug with big items being buried in it.
He said no arrests have yet been made but several people will be called in for questioning by the police.
Meanwhile, Nored’s Senior Manager for Technical Services, Paul Shilongo, could not share more light into the incident as he is yet to get all the relevant information.
Shilongo said the old transformers still useful for its copper coils, which can be melted and molded by scrap dealers and be sold for greater profits.