A man has been fined Sh5 million (about R670 000) by a Bungoma court for carrying out illegal electricity connection, boosting Kenya Power’s efforts to track down theft of electricity.
He was arrested in Bungoma on October 19 and charged in Bungoma Police Station before appearing in court. He will serve a 10 year imprisonment in default of the fine.
Kenya Power MD & CEO Dr Ben Chumo
In Ruaraka, a man was arrested for impersonating a Kenya Power staff member and engaging in unauthorized electricity connections he suspect has been linked to a number of unauthorized connections and retrofitting of meters in Roysambu, Githurai 44/45, Eastern Bypass and other areas within Ruiru. A fake staff ID card, KPLC branded twist seals, clamp meter and an inspection report booklet were recovered from the suspect.
During October, 60 people were arrested countrywide and charged in court for various offences, mostly illegal connections, following concerted efforts by Kenya Power security personnel to crack down on illegal connections, unauthorized reconnections, vandalism and theft of electricity.
Kenya Power MD & CEO Dr. Ben Chumo said, “Illegal connections undermine the reliability of power supply as they overload the distribution network and result in unplanned outages and may cause injury or death,”
“In addition, victims of such exercises are exposed to unsafe electricity connections and suffer financial losses once the illegal lines are discovered and destroyed” Dr Chumo said.