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Kenya Power anti-crime initiative in full force

Kenya Power’s security team has been hard at work over the weekend, arresting six people, among them a Kenya Power employee.

Michael Mbugua, a staff member based at the Dagoretti-Karen Depot, was arrested in connection with theft of street lights on Friday.

Mbungua appeared in court on Monday and according to the utility he will be charged jointly with another member of staff who already appeared in court for a similar offence. Read more…

The possessions recovered included poles, conductors and a pair of climbing iron.

The other five suspects; Dan Muchiri, Pietrino Obonyo Orina, Derick Kisiomi, Paul Otieno Ogocho and James Victor Otieno were arrested in Athi River, Sabaki and Migori for constructing illegal lines in these areas.

Kenya Power anti-theft operation

Elsewhere in Machakos County, eight prepaid meters, 1,400 metres of aluminium conductors, 7 service cables and six strut poles were recovered during an operation conducted on illegal lines at Ngelani and Kisekini villages, the utility reported in a statement.

“The arrests come less than two weeks after a student at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) was arrested and charged at a Thika Court for conning unsuspecting members of the public using fake electricity tokens. Read more…

“Prior to his arrest, Simon Gitau Kimani, a first year student at the university’s main campus, had been running advertisements on social media purporting to be selling ‘fairly’ priced KPLC tokens,” Kenya Power explained.

Calling on public surveillance

Kenya Power explains that constructing illegal lines and stealing electricity distribution equipment undermines the quality of power supply to customers in addition to posing the risk of electrocution to those involved and others.

These offences are punishable under the law, the utility emphasised. Read more…

Members of the public are advised not to enter into any transaction regarding electricity connection with unauthorised persons and report any suspicious activities to Kenya Power offices or Police..

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.