On Tuesday, Kenya’s national power company, Kenya Power, disclosed the court ruling following the arrest of a man charged for illegal activity.
After being caught for arranging illegal power connections, Geoffrey Kiberenge was arrested in Bungoma on 19 October and booked in Bungoma Police Station before appearing in court.
He will serve a 10 year imprisonment in default of the $49,319 fine.
Kenya Power continues making arrests
The power utility reported that two additional suspects were arrested in Likoni on Monday for being in possession of KPLC labelled climbing irons. They were booked in at Likoni Police post and are expected to appear in Mombasa law courts.
The utility added that in Ruaraka, a man was arrested for impersonating Kenya Power staff and engaging in an unauthorised electricity connection exercise.
“The suspect has been linked to a number of unauthorised connections and retrofitting of meters in Roysambu, Githurai 44/45, Eastern Bypass and other areas within Ruiru. A fake staff ID card, KPLC branded twist seals, clamp meter and an inspection report booklet were recovered from the suspect,” Kenya Power explained.
In the last two weeks, 60 people have been arrested countrywide and charged in court for various offences, mostly illegal connections, following concerted efforts by Kenya Power security personnel to crack down illegal connections, unauthorised reconnections, vandalism and theft of electricity.
Kenya Power MD & CEO Dr Ben Chumo, said: “Illegal connections undermine the reliability of power supply as they overload the distribution network and result in unplanned outages and may cause injury or death.
“In addition, victims of such exercises are exposed to unsafe electricity connections and suffer financial losses once the illegal lines are discovered and destroyed.”
Chumo concluded: “We urge our customers to make all payments for electricity connection at the Company’s offices, request for reconnection after disconnection and report any suspicious activity to our nearest offices, to the police and provincial administration.”