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Friday, July 28, 2017

Six arrested for illegal power connections

The Kenya power symbol. /FILE
The Kenya power symbol. /FILE

Kenya power has arrested six people across the country for undermining electricity distribution.

This follows intensified security operations to weed out vandalism and illegal connections.

Among the six suspects is Alice Wakonyo, the proprietor of Kimangu High School in Nakuru County. She was arrested after the school was found to be using unmetered power. The school had a debt of Sh32,000. Wakonyo was booked in at Rongai Police Station.

Philip Kirui, booked at Olenguruone Police Station, was arrested at Olenguruone in Nakuru County while illegally re-routing a stay wire and a pole.

Four poles which had been used to construct the illegal lines were seized and uprooted.

Others arrested constructing an illegal line include Ronald Ombonya and Constantine Mbehi from Kakamega and Shinyalu respectively.

A motor cycle, a KPLC - branded overall and a bag containing assorted KPLC documents were recovered from the suspects.

Another suspect, Michael Mugo, was found in possession of conductor wires, climbing iron and safety belt, while Brian Ebeywa was arrested for vandalizing air-break isolator switches. They were nabbed in Othaya and Limuru respectively. The operation also led to recovery of two service line cables and five prepaid meters in Utawala, Nairobi County. “Illegal connections undermine the quality of power supply as they overload the network leading to unnecessary outages,pose the risk of death to beneficiaries as these lines are not planned and designed following the set standards,” said the power distributor in a statement.


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