Daring thieves who broke into the government complex which houses the District Administration Office, Registrar, Ministry of Information and other line ministries siphoned 300litres of diesel from a District Development Fund (DDF) water rig that was parked there for overnight storage.
The theft which happened Saturday night saw the rig being drained of the diesel from its two tanks with a joint capacity of 800litres.
The thieves gained entry into the complex after cutting the perimeter fence near the main gate at the complex where there is 24hour security.
District Development Officer Marvellous Mataga confirmed the theft to this news crew.
“I was informed by the rig supervisor that 300litres of diesel was drained from the truck which we used for borehole drilling on Saturday night. We have since made a police report and we are waiting for investigations outcome,” he said.
He added that the theft is a blow to development as they cannot resume their duties which were left midway.
“Currently the truck was carrying out some developmental work in the Zibagwe resettlement area and it means for now we are halted by this negative development,” he said.
The complex is guarded 24hours by Evershell Security Company.
When contacted for comment one Evershell manager whom this publication was refered to professed ignorance to the theft saying that he is yet to receive a report.
I am yet to receive a report from that side so I am not in a position to comment. We were contracted by the department of Public Works and if there is a complaint they know the protocol,” he said.
This publication investigations revealed that this is not the first time that fuel has been siphoned from parked car. It is alleged that the District Administrators car was drained of 40litres of fuel.
“Our tractors were once drained of fuel here and we have realized that this is becoming a trend,” Mataga said. Efforts to reach officials from the government ministry of public works proved futile as they were not reachable by the time of going to print