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Ghanaian radio station Obrempong FM investigated for illegal power connection. Pic credit: viasat1

In Kenya, criminal acts including theft and vandalism continue to be a challenge for the state-owned power utility, Kenya Power.

Through the utilities continued efforts to combat criminal activity, six arrests were made on Monday.

Three suspects were found vandalising conductors on the Eastern bypass in Nairobi, where one of the suspects sustained two bullet wounds in the arrest at Gikambura area, Kikuyu subcounty, The Star reported.

Kenya Power arrests continue

Another three suspects were arrested at Gikumbo village, Karatina subcounty for reports of conductor vandalism.

According to The Star: “A security team unearthed a cartel that illegally tapped power from an underground service line supplying a Telkom booster along Lungalunga road in Nairobi –Investigations were launched for the arrest and prosecution of suspects.

“Ten illegal lines and seven prepaid metres were recovered in Igoji and Kanyakine areas, Meru county, last week in an operation by Kenya Power security personnel.”

Geoffrey Kigen, Kenya Power’s Security Services acting manager, commented: “Vandalism of electricity distribution equipment and illegal tapping of electrical energy serves to increase the level of power losses, which impacts negatively on revenue generated from sale of electricity.”

Earlier arrests

Last week the utility recovered ten illegal connection lines and seven prepaid meters from Igoji and Kanyakine areas in Meru County.

The utility reported in a statement at the time that cases have been lodged and an investigation will be carried out to arrest and prosecute the suspects.

Highlighting the issue of theft and vandalism as a regular occurrence, the utility said that a similar exercise was carried out in Ruiru, where 1,000 metres of conductors and eight wooden poles were recovered.

“At the same time, three suspects have been arrested for engaging in unlawful activities meant to disrupt power supply, boosting Kenya Power’s effort to clamp down on illegal connections,” the power company said.

“Benard Juma Kachienga, a scrap metal dealer in Naivasha town, Nakuru County was arrested after he was found in possession of 800 metres of aluminium conductors believed to have been stolen from low voltage lines.

“Kennedy Ouma was arrested at Nyamasaria area in Kisumu County with the offence of unauthorised alterations of installations while Jacob Owayo was arrested in Kakamega while constructing an illegal line,” the utility explained.

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