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Kenya Power: employee charged for fraudulent consumption of electricity

Kenya Power’s fight to curb illegal connections, theft of electricity and fraud intensified as a member of staff was arraigned on Wednesday 11 March in a Nairobi court to answer to charges of fraud.

The suspect, Crispin Odhiambo Omondi, was arrested yesterday by DCI officers and Kenya Power security personnel in Embakasi after being found on direct electricity supply without a meter.

He appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate, Angello Githinji at the Makadara Law Courts where he was charged with fraudulent consumption of electricity. Omondi denied the charges and was granted a cash bail of Shs. 100,000 and bond of Shs. 200,000.

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According to Section 168, subsection 1(f) of the Energy Act 2019, the suspect could be facing a fine of not less than one million shillings or imprisonment of not less than one year if found guilty of the crime.

This case comes shortly after Kenya Power announced that it had laid off 110 members of staff because of aiding illegal connections and fraud. The company has in the past two months carried out two crackdown operations in Mukuru kwa Njenga and Tassia Estate in Nairobi to remove illegal connections and recover electrical equipment belonging to Kenya Power.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Bernard Ngugi said that Kenya Power has been working closely with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Kenya Police Service to eliminate illegal connections and fraud affecting the company’s business operations and putting the lives of the public at risk because of the careless manner in which the illegal connections are made.

With increased surveillance on the grid network as a measure to address the rampant cases of illegal connections, and fraud, Kenya Power employees are not being spared as the company seeks to ensure all electricity connections are safe and follow due process as stipulated by the company and the Energy Act 2019.

Omondi’s case will be heard on 9th July, 2020.

Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.