On Wednesday, Kenya’s power utility, Kenya Power, recovered ten illegal connection lines and seven prepaid meters from Igoji and Kanyakine areas in Meru County.
The utility reported in a statement that cases have been lodged and an investigation will be carried out to arrest and prosecute the suspects.
Illegal connection is rife
Highlighting the issue of theft and vandalism as a regular occurrence, the utility said that a similar exercise was carried out in Ruiru, where 1,000 metres of conductors and eight wooden poles were recovered.
“At the same time, three suspects have been arrested for engaging in unlawful activities meant to disrupt power supply, boosting Kenya Power’s effort to clamp down on illegal connections,” the power company said.
“Benard Juma Kachienga, a scrap metal dealer in Naivasha town, Nakuru County was arrested after he was found in possession of 800 metres of aluminium conductors believed to have been stolen from low voltage lines.
“Kennedy Ouma was arrested at Nyamasaria area in Kisumu County with the offence of unauthorised alterations of installations while Jacob Owayo was arrested in Kakamega while constructing an illegal line,” the utility explained.
Recent acts of crime
In July, the utility identified two conmen for the massive construction of illegal electricity lines within Kisumu.
Zacheus Okoth Ogonji and Robert Ouko Magati, were arrested at the Kombewa area within Kisumu County.
[quote]The two felons were charged with stealing, obtaining money by false pretense and construction of illegal lines. The suspects were released on a bail bond of $986 each.
According to the power company, this arrest comes shortly after two other suspects were caught for vandalising ten transformers in the Ravine area of Baringo County.
The pair were seized in an operation carried out by Kenya Power officials in Nakuru County in June.