Kenya Power loses millions to vandals
31 January 2014, 10:29
Nyeri - Kenya Power Company has incurred losses amounting to over KES 11 million in the last six months within Mt. Kenya region following vandalism of its electricity distribution equipment.
The company’s regional manager, David Mwaniki said that 51 transformers had been vandalized by unknown people in the region from July to December last year thus inconveniencing thousands of clients.
Mwaniki added that Nyeri was the worst affected area with cases of vandalism being reported almost weekly especially within town centres and near large institutions such as colleges and industries.
“Of concern is vandalism within Nyeri County where we are losing about six transformers every week, the most recent being the one serving Dedan Kimathi University which left the giant institution in darkness before we could have it replaced,” Eng. Mwaniki said.
He further noted that most of the vandalism cases occurred within the town and its outskirts forcing the power provider to consider relocating some transformers to “safe areas” like homesteads or near police stations.
He added that the company had resorted to welding transformers to prevent them from being vandalized.
Speaking to journalists, Mwaniki called for quick passage of the Scrap Metal Bill by Parliament, which proposes stiff penalties for vandals noting that that would be the only sustainable way of addressing the menace.
“Vandalism is economic sabotage because it affects economic activities since a lot of money is spent repairing or replacing cannibalized transformers. The company is spending a lot as well as those affected who have to live without power for some time. Therefore it is necessary to impose stiff penalties on those involved,” the regional manager said.
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