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Vandalists put on notice

05 June 2012, 13:31 Oduor Omondi

Vandalists and scrap metal dealers may soon find the going rough if a Bill sponsored by Rachuonyo MP James Rege sails through Parliament.

Dubbed ‘The Economic Crimes Bill’, it sets to put in place stiffer punitive measures against rogue scrap metal dealers believed to be behind the high cases of vandalism. 

Eng. Rege who is also the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Energy, Communication and Information has put on notice criminals who vandalize metal infrastructures and sell them as scrap metal saying their days are numbered.

He said those stealing signboards, fibre optic cables, electricity transformers among other metals meant for the public will soon face the full wrath of the law.

Speaking at Gendia High School in his Karachuonyo constituency, Rege further said the bill will enable the mandated authority to trace stolen metals up to the fabrication factories to catch up with the sellers and dealers.

The booming scrap metal business in Kenya has been attributed majorly to the increased rate of vandalism in various sectors like communication, where fibre optic cables and fixed lines have been vandalized, thus hampering communication.

Road sign posts have not been spared either hence leading to an increase in road carnages.

The recent spate of power blackouts in the country was also attributed to vandalism, with the Kenya Power Lighting Company (KPLC) saying it had lost 707 transformers and over 175 kilometres of conductor wires between July 2011 and March 2012. This in effect resulting into a loss of more than KES. 2.5 billion.

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