PowerGrid Corporation
Transmission lines. Source: 123rf

On Thursday, Kenya Power’s security team arrested three suspects in connection with prepaid meter and conductor theft.

With continued criminal activity against its asset, the power utility has intensified security operations to stamp out vandalism, illegal connections and other crimes undermining electricity distribution.

Security operations underway

The utility has reported that one of the three suspects was arrested for illegal consumption of power without a meter at Kifinco area in Kakamega county.

A second suspect was caught in the Kapkatet area for constructing an illegal line for a resident who paid him Sh40,000 ($388).

The third suspect was arrested at Kenyenya in Kisii county for vandalising three wooden poles.

“Two prepaid meters and a service cable were recovered in Likoni Pungu Villa areas after a customer reported an illegal line passing through his parcel of land,” the utility said in a statement.

Adding that a “security team acting on a tip off conducted an operation at Mbuinjeru area of Kariene within Meru County and recovered seven prepaid meters and 50 metres of high voltage conductors.

“The meters were kept at a customer’s home since May 2017 awaiting construction of an illegal line.”

Consequences

The arrests come less than a month since a Kibera court sentenced a suspect to 15 years in jail or a fine of Sh6 million for vandalising a transformer. Read more…

In the same case, three other co-suspects were jailed for 10 years each with the option of Sh5 million fine.

In Kisumu county, a joint operation at Holo and Kombewa areas managed to recover 7,200 metres of aluminum conductors and three prepaid meters.

Surveillance exercises will continue countrywide to weed out the vices, which undermine the quality of electricity supply to customers, the utility said stressed in a statement.

 

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