Kenya Power Slaps Kenyans With Ksh 5M Fine as Crackdown in Estates Continue

Kenya Power Slaps Kenyans With Ksh 5M Fine as Crackdown in Estates Continue

Kenya Power has raised an alarm over increasing cases of vandalism targeting its infrastructure across the country amid an ongoing countrywide crackdown.

In a notice dated Friday, the power utility firm indicated that cases of vandalism targetting transformers, power towers, power conductors (cables), poles, and meters were increasing. 

The illegal connection of electricity was also highlighted as a growing concern for the utility firm

Consequently, Kenyans were warned of a Ksh5 million fine should they be found to be engaging in the criminal acts highlighted by the utility firm.

Kenya Power staff attending to a transformer during a past maintenance exercise in Nairobi County.

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Kenya Power

It was explained that such acts were behind the unplanned power outages Kenyans often experience in their estates.

“Vandalism of transformers, poles and conductors also poses a risk to human and animal lives as vandals leave power infrastructure exposed, leading to a possibility of electrocution.

“Anyone found involved in the mentioned criminal activities is liable to a fine of not less than Ksh5 million or to a term imprisonment of ten years or both,” read the notice in part.

On the other hand, Kenyans were urged to report any cases of vandalism to Kenya Power for action to be taken against the culprits.

“Report any cases of transformer vandalism or vandalism of any power infrastructure by calling Kenya Power on 97771. You can also report to any Kenya Power office near you, the area Chief or any police post near you,” Kenya Power added.

Members of the public can also dial *977# to report any power-related incident.

The warming by Kenya Power comes amidst intensified crackdowns in estates across the country.

On November 16, the electricity supplier and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations unveiled a team of 42 officers who were tasked with apprehending those who vandalise power equipment.

According to the utility firm, 1,026 people have been arrested since July 2022 in connection with vandalism and illegal electricity connections.

A file image of two men in police handcuffs after being apprehended in August 2019.

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