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Assailant against two Kenya Power staff posts bail

On Friday, a suspect was arrested in connection with the assault of two Kenya Power employees in Mumias after they had disconnected his electricity supply for non-payment.

According to the power company, Suleiman Wekesa was arrested at Shianda Market in Kakamega County on Friday and booked at Shianda Police Post.

Kenya Power suspect on bail

The utility released a statement on Monday after the suspect made bail pending a hearing of the case at Mumias Chief Magistrate’s Court, which will take place on June 30, 2016.

Kenya Power recently launched a campaign aimed at sealing loopholes for loss of company revenue through unpaid bills and illegal connections, the company explained.

The revenue collection initiative is particularly targeted at ensuring that all pending bills are settled and illegal lines are removed from the network to increase reliability in power supply.

More illegal activity

Elsewhere, two suspects, Edwin Barasa Ochieng and Betty Njeri Mwaura who are agents of M/S Vantage Contractors were arrested at Mangu trading centre in Kiambu for extorting money from members of the public before installing prepaid meters.

They appeared before Gatundu Law Court on Monday morning.

In Bondo, authorities are investigating an incident that occurred on Thursday where a 25kVA transformer that was serving Manyonge primary school at Nyawita, Bondo sub-county in Siaya County was vandalised.

Tackling criminal acts

Earlier this month, the utility said that through its intensified surveillance, six suspects were arrested in the first week of June 2016, for electricity theft, local media reported.

Kenya Power’s acting security services manager, Geoffrey Kigen, said at the time that the investigations have helped them make good progress in dealing with the theft of power.

Kigen said: “We have teams on the ground carrying out verification of connections alongside new connections.”


Featured image credit: Bail Bonds Hamilton County

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.