Prepaid meters, conductors recovered in operations to track down theft of power

Nairobi, December 7, 2016……. Thirteen prepaid and four postpaid meters were recovered at Tulienge, Namang’oflo, Machakha and Kibindoi areas within Bungoma County, in an operation carried out by Kenya Power security team.

During the raid which took place yesterday, 4,500 meters of aluminum conductors, 23 wooden poles and 500 meters of service line cables were also recovered.

Illegal lines have adversely affected reliability of power supply in the region, as they overload the network and often result in unscheduled outages.

In a similar operation carried out in Kiambu County, 2,400 meters of conductors and one pole were recovered after an illegal low voltage line at Tatu City was destroyed. Investigations to identify and apprehend those who were involved in construction of the line is ongoing.

Kenya Power is carrying out a countrywide exercise to weed out illegal power connections, deter theft of electricity distribution equipment and curb vandalism in order to improve the quality of supply to customers.

Elsewhere in Kericho, police officers have arrested Harun Kirui, Richard Langat and Vincent Mutai, all of Mocam Security Services guarding Kenya Power Kericho depot while they were ferrying conductors suspected to be stolen from the facility using a motorbike.

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 3201622/30 or/47