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Kenya: utility vandalism continues to soar

Efforts of the Kenya Power task team are paying off after four arrests have been made in connection with infrastructure theft and vandalism.

A police officer from the Kitengela Police station was arraigned in Mavoko Law Courts today for the offence of vandalising a high transmission (HT) cable at Athi River.

David Mumo, armed with an AK47 rifle, was arrested last week together with three other suspects; Henry Mugambi, George Ouma and Benjamin Sila, who are employees of security firm Securex and working in the alarm response team. They were booked at Athi River Police Station, the utility explained in a statement.

The four suspects pleaded not guilty and were released on a bond of KShs.800,000 and surety of the same amount with an alternative cash bail of KShs.200,000 pending mention of their case scheduled for 19th March 2018.

Utility vandalism

The arrest was carried out by DCI officers who laid an ambush next to EPZ substation. 300 meters of copper cable, spades, forks and nylon bags were recovered in the operation.

“Elsewhere, in an operation carried out in Trans Nzoia [last week], two suspects; Nixon Sabora and Samson Simiyu were nabbed at Zinoko area while constructing an illegal line. The security team involved recovered 1,150 meters of conductor wires, one pair of pole climbers, one safety belt and 7 destroyed wooden poles,” the utility said.

In similar operations conducted in Machakos and Nanyuki areas, 6 prepaid meters, 1,700 meters of aluminum conductors and three wooden poles were recovered.

Kenya Power has sustained countrywide operations and heightened surveillance on the network to weed out vandalism, illegal connections and other vices undermining the quality of power supply to customers. Read more…

As a result, the Company recorded a 40% reduction in the number of vandalised transformers in the year the last financial year, from 222 in the previous year to 133.


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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.