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Kenya Power employee caught for infrastructure vandalism

Kenya’s national power utility, Kenya Power, has encountered an act of vandalism towards its assets in Tunyai area, Tharaka Nithi county.

A Marimanti court has granted a Kenya Power employee and one other suspect KShs.2 million ($19,586) bond each with no option of cash bail for the vandalism of aluminum conductors from a customer’s home and constructing an illegal line at another person’s premises.

The two suspects, Francis Makori Okioma based at Kenya Power’s Marimanti Depot as a meter reader and Kenneth Kimanthi Njeru, were arrested on Sunday.

Theft and vandalism: consequences

The utility said in a statement that the duo appeared before senior resident magistrate on Tuesday and were charged with the offences of vandalism and unauthorised laying of a conductor.

The case will be mentioned on 12th February and the hearing is scheduled to take place on 14 March 2018.

The arrests come less than a month after four suspects, among them an armed police officer attached to Kitengela Police station, were arraigned in Mavoko Law Courts for vandalising a high transmission (HT) cable at Athi River. The case is ongoing.

On Monday, an Eldoret court fined Alfred Ouma Oduor KShs.5 million ($48,966) for vandalising conductor wires following his arrest in November last year. Read more…

Elsewhere, a prepaid meter and 1,200 meters of aluminium conductors were recovered in Machakos and Nakuru following ongoing operations to track down illegal lines.

As a result of countrywide operations and heightened surveillance on the network to weed out vandalism, illegal connections and other vices undermining the quality of power supply, the Company recorded a 40% reduction in the number of vandalised transformers in the last financial year.

 

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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.

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