NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – A chief in Migori County was arrested this week for being in possession of stolen electricity conductors belonging to Kenya Power.
The chief was arrested with two other suspects.
They were arraigned before the Migori Law Courts where they denied the theft charges.
Kenya Power Chief Security Officer for South Nyanza region, Peter Kithusia said that the three were suspected of planning to construct illegal power lines based on the electrical equipment found in their possession.
The trio was released on a bond of Sh100,000 and the case will be heard on September 7, 2016.
This comes after a joint team from Kenya Power’s Security Operations and Maintenance Departments recovered two spans of aluminium conductors providing illegal power supply to the Fuata Nyayo slum in Nairobi County some weeks ago.
Kenya Power’s Acting Security Services Manager Geoffrey Kigen had said that criminals have taken advantage of these projects to lure unsuspecting Kenyans into fraudulent deals for power connection.
The power utility continues to intensify efforts to curb electricity theft and vandalism of equipment.
The company is working closely with the Kenya Police and other national security agencies to curb the revenue losses incurred and to bring the offenders involved to justice.