Press Releases

Kenya Power adopts WhatsApp to communicate to industrial customers

Nairobi, September 7, 2016………Kenya Power has embraced WhatsApp to engage its large power customers in a bid to enhance communication and service delivery.



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Man arrested in connection with Shs.10 million vandalism loot

The Police in conjunction with Kenya Power security officials have arrested a man in Nairobi’s Kamukunji area with vandalised electricity equipment including transformer oil and copper windings worth about Shs.10 million.

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Two suspects arraigned in Kisumu court for electricity theft

Nairobi, July 20, 2016…….Two conmen responsible for massive construction of illegal electricity lines within Kisumu and its environs have been arrested, boosting Kenya Power’s efforts to clamp down on illegal connections.

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Kenya Power seeks pole suppliers for second phase of Last Mile Connectivity Project

Nairobi, July 14, 2016………Kenya Power has commenced procurement of 195,299 wooden poles in preparation to implement the second phase of the Last Mile Connectivity Project.


Spearheaded by  Government under  National Electrification Programme (NEP), this phase of the Last Mile Project is financed by the World Bank to a tune of Sh15 billion and targets to connect 312,500 households to the national grid.


A total of 44,701 concrete poles will also be procured under this phase, said Kenya Power’s Managing Director and CEO, Dr Ben Chumo.


“Implementation of this phase is expected to start later this financial year. We aim to connect over a million new customers every year going forward in order to achieve the targeted milestones,” said Dr Chumo, indicating that the Company’s demand for poles will rise in the short term.


Under this phase, Kenya Power will procure prepaid meters, poles, cables, conductors and 1,000 transformers for grid extension, on behalf of contractors as per the World Bank’s procurement guidelines.


The first phase of Last Mile Connectivity Project is ongoing with contractors already mobilized and on the ground. It is financed by the Government and the African Development Bank a cost of Sh13.5 billion targeting 314,000 households.


“The works under this phase is being implemented in all the 47 counties by 10 contractors. This initial phase of the project, earmarked for completion by June 2017, is projected to use a total of  319,203 poles,” Dr Chumo said.


Last year, Kenya Power procured 377,000 poles locally, both wooden and concrete, in support of “Buy Kenya Build Kenya Initiative”. The Company’s spend on poles in the last three years stands at Sh7.9 billion.


“We are now buying all our poles locally unlike in the past where we used to import from as far as Brazil, Congo and south Africa”, Dr Chumo said. “Currently we have a total of 35 manufacturers and suppliers,” he added.


The Company’s demand for poles has been growing over the years due to undertaking of network upgrade programmes that involve replacement of wooden poles with concrete ones and extension of low and medium voltage lines.


In the last two years, Kenya Power has been involved in implementation of the Government- funded National Lighting Programme targeting 52 towns across the country in a bid to enhance security and transform Kenya into a 24-hour economy.


In addition, since 2014, 1.14 million new customers have been supplied with electricity under the Global Partnership on Output- Based Aid (GPOBA) programme funded by the World Bank to aid cheap connections, mainly in slum areas, creating demand for poles.



For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201630/43 or/39


Man arrested for assaulting Kenya Power staff

Nairobi, June 27, 2016…….Police in Mumias are investigating an incident in which a customer assaulted two staff of Kenya Power after they disconnected his electricity supply for non-payment.

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Man arrested for assaulting Kenya Power staff

Man arrested for assaulting Kenya Power staff

Nairobi, June 27, 2016

...........Police in Mumias are investigating an incident in which a customer assaulted two staff of Kenya Power after they disconnected his electricity supply for non-payment.Suleiman Wekesa was arrested at Shianda Market in Kakamega County on Friday and booked at Shianda Police Post.

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Two notorious vandals arrested in Nakuru County

Nairobi, June 20, 2016…….Two vandals responsible for vandalism of ten transformers in Ravine area of Baringo County and two transformers in Kiamunyi, Nakuru County have been arrested.

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Six arrested as Kenya Power steps up crackdown on illegal connections

17th June 2016

…….Six people have been arrested for fraudulent consumption of electrical energy in the last two days following intensified surveillance by Kenya Power officials.

Some of the suspects are part of a wider gang that has taken advantage of the ongoing exercise to accelerate power connection to households across the country, thereby fraudulently acquiring money from unsuspecting members of the public in exchange for illegal connections.

Jared Muiruri and Kevin Momanyi Auma, who are part of a syndicate that constructs illegal lines, were arrested at Keragia area in Kenyenye Sub County of Kisii County yesterday and booked at Ogembo Police Station.

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Court restrains county government from interfering with Kenya Power operations

May 31, 2016


The High Court in Mombasa today granted a temporary injunction restraining the County Government of Mombasa from arresting, intimidating, threatening, or interfering with Kenya Power employees or agents engaged in the company’s business operations of distribution, retail, and supply of electric energy and way leaves maintenance.

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Coast vandals target transformer fuses for hallucinatory effects

May 20, 2016


Kenya Power is fighting a new wave of transformer vandalism at the Coast Region involving drug addicts.

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Kenya Power installs 20 transformers to boost supply quality in North Coast

Nairobi, May 16, 2016

Kenya Power will install 20 new transformers in North Coast by the end of June in a bid to stabilise electricity supply in the area and address frequent outages.

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Man arrested for impersonating KPLC employee

May 5, 2016

A middle aged man has been arrested for forging the identity of Kenya Power’s General Manager Human Resources and Administration to falsely offer unsuspecting persons employment.

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Kenya Power adopts outdoor metering to boost revenue collection

April 29, 2016

Nearly 80 per cent of large power consumers have been connected to outdoor meters as Kenya
Power moves to deepen use of technology to enhance efficiency.

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Vandals sentenced for 10 years by Nyahururu court

April 29, 2016

Three men have been sentenced to ten years in jail by a Nyahururu court for vandalizing a transformer.

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Rainstorms cause power interruption in Nairobi

Thursday, 28th April, 2016

Heavy rainstorms have this evening caused power interruption in most parts of Nairobi. The heavy rains that started late in the afternoon have interrupted electricity supply and distribution systems in parts of the city.

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Man killed in a failed attempt to vandalise a transformer

April 26, 2016

A middle-aged man was burnt to death by irate villagers in a failed attempt to vandalise a transformer at Gichocho in Ndumberi, Kiambu County.

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Kenya Power contractors urged to speed up implementation of projects

April 20, 2016

Kenya Power contractors have been urged to ensure timely completion of projects while adhering to set safety standards.

Speaking to more than 400 low and medium voltage contractors at Stima Club, Kenya Power’s Managing Director and  Chief Executive Officer Ben Chumo also said that the company will no longer engage contractors who hold projects past the set completion dates.

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Seven arrested for electricity theft in Nairobi


 April 8th 2016

Seven people have been arrested in Nairobi for illegal power connections in an ongoing campaign by Kenya Power to weed out illegal connections and boost revenue collection.

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Technical hitch at Kiambere causes power outage in Coast Region

We wish to report that power supply to Coast region has been disrupted following a technical hitch which occurred at an electrical equipment in Kiambere affecting a high voltage transmission line linking Nairobi and Coast. Our engineers are on site working to repair the fault which occurred at last night in order to restore power affected areas including Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu, Kwale and their environs. It is projected that full repairs will take approximately two hours. The Management of KPLC regrets any inconvenience caused by the outage.