RA Assistant in Electricity Supplier Caught Stealing Electricity

The people tasked with preventing crime are often in a position to commit crime, and any revenue assurance team needs to exercise vigilance over its own staff. That lesson was repeated in Zimbabwe last week when Notion Charakupa, a revenue assurance assistant at the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission and Distribution Company (ZETDC), was tried and found guilty of illegally connecting 11 households to the grid, as reported by The Herald.

To make it appear that they were doing legitimate work, Charakupa used a ZETDC vehicle and obtained company uniforms for himself and his two accomplices. The trio successfully connected electricity to the houses whilst bypassing the use of meters. However, they were later caught after an anonymous tip was received by another ZETDC worker.

The topic of revenue assurance for utilities will be the subject of an all-day meeting of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), to be held in central London on November 22nd. One of the speakers will be Marcus Bryant, who will discuss the reasons why African electricity suppliers should improve their RA controls. You can learn more about the event from here.

Eric Priezkalns
Eric Priezkalns
Eric is the Editor of Commsrisk. Look here for more about the history of Commsrisk and the role played by Eric.

Eric is also the Chief Executive of the Risk & Assurance Group (RAG), a global association of professionals working in risk management and business assurance for communications providers.

Previously Eric was Director of Risk Management for Qatar Telecom and he has worked with Cable & Wireless, T‑Mobile, Sky, Worldcom and other telcos. He was lead author of Revenue Assurance: Expert Opinions for Communications Providers, published by CRC Press. He is a qualified chartered accountant, with degrees in information systems, and in mathematics and philosophy.