Two suspects apprehended with vandalized electrical equipment

Nairobi, 29th May 2020

Two suspected vandals were arrested yesterday with electrical equipment belonging to Kenya Power.

The suspects were nabbed after Kenya Power security officers were informed that a white truck was spotted around the Kamkunji area ferrying copper wires from vandalized transformers and underground cables. Following the tip, police officers in liaison with the Kenya Power security team apprehended the vehicle at the Kariokor round about.

The truck driver, James Maina Mwangi and his turn-boy Paul Kananga Njoroge are currently being detained at the Jogoo Road Police Station.

Vandalism of electrical equipment is considered an economic crime according to the Energy Act and the two could be liable to pay a minimum fine of Kshs.5,000,000 or a minimum jail term of 10 years if convicted.

Kenya Power has intensified surveillance on the grid network as a measure to counter illegal connections and vandalism. The company is also working closely with other security stakeholders including the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Kenya Police Service to track down these crimes.

For more information, contact:

Kenya Power Corporate Communications Dept.

Tel. 0711 031 975