RUNDU: The water and electricity supply in the Kavango Region and some parts of Angola has been restored.
The Kavango Region and surrounding areas have been without power since last Thursday after 11 electricity poles on the Otjikoto-Rundu 132kV Power Line fell to the ground due to heavy rain and wind storms.
It is suspected that the power structures were weakened due to the fact that the supporting beams, bolts and nuts on these poles were stolen.
The power outage affected the entire Kavango Region, including cross-border supplies to Botswana at the Muhembo Border Post and Calai, Dirigo, Muccuso and Fort Quangar in Angola.
A statement issued by NamPower’s Marketing and Communications Manager, Tangeni Kambangula on Tuesday said the power supply to the Kavango Region was restored on Tuesday evening at around 18h22 after the 11 power structures were replaced.
The water supply to most parts of the Kavango Region was also restored on Tuesday.
The unavailability of water and electricity badly affected businesses, as some had to close their doors, while others operated at a snail’s pace using generators.
Some shops had to discard their perishable products such as meat, chicken, dairy products and fish, while others put all perishables on sale in efforts to avoid huge losses.
Meanwhile, four suspects appeared in the Rundu Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday after they were allegedly found in possession of suspected stolen supporting beams used for metal electricity poles.
The accused persons – Johannes Mahongo, 34, Emmanuel Kambinda, 27, Simon Ndara, 54, and a 16-year-old boy – appeared before Magistrate Nelao Brown where their case was postponed to 11 December this year for further police investigations.
They were remanded in custody until their next court appearance. The boy was released into his parents’ custody as he is still a minor.
The accused persons are facing charges of contravening the Electricity Act No. 4 of 2007, which involves cutting off, damaging or interfering with any apparatus used to generate, transmit or supply electricity.
If found guilty, the accused persons will be liable to a fine of N.dollars 16 000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years, or both.