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Kenya Power has rolled out a countrywide campaign to weed out illegal power connections and curb theft of electricity.

The campaign, which began on 16 January at Imara Daima estate in Nairobi, was jointly conducted by Kenya Power staff and security agencies including the police and Directorate of Criminal Investigations officers.

The crackdown comes about two months after the company rolled out the Know Your Meter initiative that is meant to increase customer satisfaction, ensure public safety and enhance its revenue protection initiatives.

Among the outcomes of the campaign so far is that, while Kenya Power customers are enjoying access to legally connected electricity, other individuals have opted to engage in criminal activities that undermine the quality of power supply such as illegal power.

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“Today’s operation is meant to address these vices and mark a new dawn into how we will conduct our business moving forward. Our main focus is to ensure all power connections to our customers are safe and that the power is provided as required by law,” said Kenya Power’s MD and CEO, Bernard Ngugi.

He continued: “We will do this through identification of the sources of illegal connections, discontinue these supplies and thereafter install lawful supplies that the customers can enjoy. We will intensify these crackdowns not just in Nairobi but the rest of the country with subsequent rollout of the campaign in all our regions.”

Dangers of illegal power connections

Ngugi highlighted that illegal power connections pose a danger of electrocution not just to the beneficiary but the public at large adding that such present a loophole for revenue loss to the company.

Ngugi also urged Kenyans to follow the right procedure in applying and paying for electricity connection “and desist from any illegal connections".

“It is a criminal offence to steal electricity, tamper with meters or engage in illegal connections. Illegal connections are also unsafe as they are not subjected to the required standards and may cause harm or fatalities. Additionally, theft and vandalism of electricity supply equipment is an economic crime under the Energy Act with minimum fines Kshs 5 million or imprisonment of 10 years or both on conviction,” he concluded.

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