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Kenya Power enhances security operation to mitigate theft and vandalism

In Kenya, eight suspects were arrested over the weekend following their involvement in electricity infrastructure theft and vandalism.

These arrests follow the enhanced security operation strategies launched by Kenya Power security team to mitigate illegal lines and theft of power distribution equipment.

Security operation making progress

Five suspects namely Joseph Ndirangu Kangethe, Josphat Ndungu Ngugi, Geoffrey Kangethe Njoroge, Daniel Kimani Mureu and Joseph Mwangi Njoroge were arrested at Githioro area of Muranga County on Saturday while attempting to steal a Kenya Power pole, the power utility explained in a statement.

They were booked at Kirwara Police Station and are set to appear before Kandara Law Courts on Monday.

Subsequent to the five arrests, Kenya Power security personnel in South Nyanza arrested Daniel Mogere, Haron Masenge and Nelson Okechi for the offence of vandalism of electrical apparatus at Nyansore area.

The suspects were booked at Nyamarembe Police Station and were expected to take a plea on Monday, the power utility noted.

[quote]During the security operation, aluminum conductors, climbing iron, pliers and tester were recovered.

In a similar operation carried out on illegal lines at Ikoba area of Kisii County, three poles, five cables and ten meters were recovered.

Elsewhere, following the heightened crackdown on theft of electrical equipment, 1,300 meters of aluminum conductors, four cables and two prepaid meters were recovered at Salama and Nunguni areas in Makueni County on Saturday.

Similarly, an operation on illegal lines in Magumu, Nyandarua County recovered eight spans of conductors, six drop cables and 11 prepaid meters.

Surveillance continues

Kenya Power will continue carrying out close surveillance on the network across the country to curb vandalism and other vices that negatively impact on the power distribution system. Read more…

The utility is working with the police, local administration and locals to carry out this exercise.

The public has been cautioned that anyone found culpable will be arrested and charged in court.

Apart from the immediate loss of supply to customers, vandalism negatively affects the Company’s revenue and leads to an unnecessary capital cost for replacing the destroyed equipment.

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.