Police recover vandalised Kenya Power cables worth Ksh6.3M in sting operation

By , K24 Digital
On Sat, 27 May, 2023 09:21 | 2 mins read
Kenya Power.
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A multi-agency security team has recovered electricity installation equipment belonging to Kenya Power estimated to be worth Ksh6.3 million in a sting operation in Embakasi, Nairobi.

In a statement, the National Police Service (NPS) said 10 tonnes of vandalised aluminium high transmission cables were seized during the operation on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

Four suspects were arrested in the crackdown and are set to be arraigned in court on Monday, May 29.

"Four suspects are currently awaiting arraignment in Court on Monday. The exhibits are in the custody of the Energy Police Unit," NPS said.

The multi-agency team comprised officers from NPS, Ministry of Energy, Kenya Power and Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO).

Kenya Power has in recent months expressed concerns over growing incidences of vandalism in the city and other parts of the country.

The firm attributes frequent power outages in the country to vandalism of its key infrastructure.

On May 22, Kenya Power Eastern Region Manager Mutegi Mbai decried an upsurge in vandalism of the company's property in Machakos and its environs for the past two months.

Speaking after a raid at a scrap metal dealer's store in Athi River Devki area, Mbai condemned the vandalism, saying they have lost more than 43 transformers within Machakos and Kajiado counties in the current financial year alone.

“For the last two months alone within Machakos and Makueni we have lost a total of 25 Km of Fiber cable which we normally use to run our network to keep up the power supply to do remote network operations and operate ICT systems within our offices," Mbai lamented.

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