Police in Nairobi have arrested a suspected vandal and recovered several Kenya Power cables.
Detectives say the suspect identified as Francis Kaiga was nabbed after an operation was carried out at a scrap metal dealer's facility dubbed Shallian, located along Enterprise Road of Gilgil Road.
DCI sleuths recovered over 1,000 Kilograms of copper cables.
"1,020kg of copper cables believed to be the property of Kenya Power were seized by detectives at a godown in Nairobi yesterday, in an operation where one suspect was arrested," DCI said.
The suspect remains in police custody and investigations are ongoing.
This comes after a 28-year-old man was jailed for five years for vandalising a power transmission line in Makueni County.
The man, Robert Mambo Mutinda pleaded guilty to the offence before Tawa Law Courts.
The man was arrested on November 2, 2023, by the utility firm's security team and officers from Mbooni Police Station after he was found vandalising the power line at the Mbooni West Sub County Hospital Junction in Makueni County.
This follows an announcement by the utility firm seeking to work with detectives to fight vandalism.
Acting Security Manager Stephen Muoka said in the last two weeks, the Company has lost five transformers through vandalism between Ruai and Tala along Kangundo Road.
"Vandalism is a serious crime under the Energy Act 2019, and those found guilty can either be jailed, fined or face both punishments. Vandalism causes unplanned outages thereby inconveniencing customers. It also poses a risk to human and animal lives as vandals leave power infrastructure exposed, leading to a possibility of electrocution," Muoka said.
"We are working with law enforcement agencies to get rid of vandals and protect our infrastructure so as to ensure the Company continues to supply customers with power," Muoka said.