Pupils at Chipepo High School and communities surrounding the institution in Gwembe District are likely to go without power for days following the vandalizing of a ZESCO transformer.
Pupils at the institution are reported to have stoned the ZESCO installation and cut cables after a brief interruption in power supply that had affected the entire district.
It is reported that when power was restored, the vandalized transformer blew off, plunging the whole area into darkness.
Police who rushed to the High School after the incident say the situation is now calm and that no arrests have so far been made.
They also say the school authorities briefed them that pupils ran amok and threw stones at the transformer and vandalized power cables following the brief power cut.
Police in Gwembe have since expressed worry that the disruption of power supply will affect examination preparations among pupils.
They are further worried that the prolonged power shortage will lead to more unrest by pupils.
They have appealed to ZESCO management to quickly look into the matter.
Areas affected include Chipepo High school, Chabbobboma and other surrounding areas.
At press time, ZESCO management and the District Board Secretary’s office had rushed to Chipepo High School to assess the situation.
No arrests have been made yet and police are investigating the matter.