A baboon this morning tampered with high voltage Zesco machines, plunging about 50,000 customers in Livingstone and Western Province into darkness.

Zesco Spokesperson Henry Kapata confirmed this to Byta FM adding that had the baboon been human, it would have been taken to court.

“The baboon tampered with the A station and the B3 and B5 machines in our power station cutting electricity to Western Province and of course Livingstone town so we have about 28,000 customers in Livingstone and 22,000 customers in Western Province. So the baboon cut our power station around 06:50 hours,” said Kapata.

“The lines the baboon was tampering with are extremely high voltage. You can see that it was electrocuted in so many ways but it has survived. It is an animal, we cannot prosecute it otherwise if it was a human we would have taken it to court.”