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Illegal power lines in Nairobi’s Industrial Area dismantled in a series of Kenya Power operations.

Illegal power lines in Nairobi’s Industrial Area dismantled in a series of Kenya Power operations.

The national power dispenser, Kenya Power, has destroyed several unauthorized connections adjacent to Lunga Lunga Road in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.

Speaking during an operation, the Company’s Managing Director and CEO Bernard Ngugi declared the current rise in the Company’s system damages is somewhat attributable to a swell in unlawful activities on its electricity network.

Mr. Ngugi went further to state that illegal electricity connections also create overloads on transformers which jeopardize the quality of power supply to legitimately connected clients.

The MD said stolen power connections are also arranged using materials vandalized from Kenya Powerbase, and warned strict action was being taken upon perpetrators of power crime.

The MD urged customers living in spontaneous settlements to use authorized connected power as it was affordable related to what is being given by power cartels.

During the invasion, several materials used in power stealing including wires were retrieved and at least three people were apprehended at Viwandani along Lunga Lunga Road.

Commercial losses add about half of the Company’s system losses which stood at a staggering 23.46 percent as of June 2020.

There are many forms of electricity vandalism which is not limited to illegal connections, tampering with meters to guarantee the meter records lower usage readings units, and electric meter bypasses.

The utility firm is working in conjunction with security firms to increase scrutiny of the grid network and all Company systems to catch illegal connections, deception, and other illegal activities harming the business.

In the fiscal year ending June 2021, the Kenya Power Security unit and the Police seized 943 suspects for executing illegal activities on the KPLC network.

The Energy Act 2019 designates severe penalties for those caught involved in electricity theft including a fine of Ksh1,000,000 or one year’s imprisonment or both for the misdemeanor of unlawful connection and electricity vandalism.

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