Two suspects have each been sentenced to 10 years in prison after they were found guilty of stealing and vandalising transformers.
Wesley Rotich was arrested in Uasin Gishu vandalising a transformer worth Sh2.5 million while James Ngondoli was found stealing a transformer worth Sh2 million in Eldoret town.
Kenya Power security services manager Maj Geoffrey Kigen (Rtd) welcomed the sentence saying it will act as a deterrence to criminals who vandalise KPLC equipment.
“We will not relent on the war against vandalism, illegal power connections and other crimes that undermine the quality of power supply to our customers and pose danger to electricity consumers,” he said.
He said the Eldoret court ruling will boost KPLC’s operations to stamp out the vices adding that the public needs to report any suspicious activities to police.
Theft of transformers causes inconvenience to KPLC customers and have negative impacts on the Company’s revenues as it reduces electricity sales and increases the cost of replacing the assets.
KPLC has sustained surveillance of the network through countrywide operations to crackdown vandalism and illegal connections. As a result, the number of transformers vandalised reduced from 222 in the year to 30th June last year to 133 in the last financial year.
Elsewhere seven suspects were arraigned in Milimani courts after they were nabbed in Pipeline Estate, Nairobi in a crackdown on illegal power connections. Three service cables, five poles and 1,000 meters of conductor wire were recovered.
The sentence comes less than two weeks after a Marimanti court granted a Kenya Power employee and one other suspect Sh2 million bond each with no option of cash bail for vandalising conductors at Tunyai area, Tharaka Nithi County.