NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 – Kenya Power has rolled out a countrywide campaign to weed out illegal connections and curb theft of electricity.
The campaign which began Thursday, at Imara Daima Estate in Nairobi, was jointly conducted by Kenya Power staff and security agencies including the police and Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) officers.
The crackdown comes about two months after the Company rolled out the ‘Know Your Meter’ initiative that is meant to increase customer satisfaction, ensure public safety and enhance its revenue protection initiatives.
Among the outcomes of the campaign so far is that, while Kenya Power customers are enjoying access to legally connected electricity, other individuals have opted to engage in criminal activities that undermine the quality of power supply such as illegal power connections, theft of power and vandalism of electricity supply equipment among others.
“Today’s operation is meant to address these vices and mark a new dawn into how we will conduct our business moving forward. Our main focus is to ensure all power connections to our customers are safe and that the power is provided as required by law,” said Kenya Power’s Managing Director & CEO, Bernard Ngugi
“We will do this through identification of the sources of illegal connections, discontinue these supplies and thereafter install lawful supplies that the customers can enjoy. We will intensify these crackdowns not just in Nairobi but the rest of the country with subsequent rollout of the campaign in all our regions,” said the CEO.
Ngugi said that illegal power connections pose a danger of electrocution not just to the beneficiary but the public at large adding that they also present a loophole for revenue loss to the Company.
“I would like to urge members of the public to follow the right procedure to apply and pay for electricity connection and desist from any illegal connections. It is a criminal offence to steal electricity, tamper with meters or engage in illegal connections. Illegal connections are also unsafe as they are not subjected to the required standards and may cause harm or fatalities,” warned Ngugi.
“Additionally theft and vandalism of electricity supply equipment is an economic crime under the Energy Act with minimum fines Kshs 5 million or imprisonment of 10 years or both on conviction,” he said.
He added that the Company is working closely with investigating agencies to unmask persons involved in illegal activities with the aim of prosecuting them in court as provided by law.