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Rashid Kipkoech Ngetich was arrested on Tuesday at Kajiado in connection to illegal construction of a three phase line, uprating a 50kVA transformer to a 315kVA, obtaining money by false pretense and connecting a customer directly without a meter.

 

He was booked at Kitengela Police Station and was arraigned in Kajiado Court yesterday. Hearing has been set for May 21, 2017.

 

Kenya Power’s Security Services Manager Major Geoffrey Kigen (Rtd) has warned staff and members of the public involved in theft of electricity and vandalism of power distribution equipment saying that those found culpable will face the full force of the law.

 

“Members of the public are advised not to engage in illegal activities such as obtaining access to electricity through unauthorized means and vandalism of power distribution equipment like transformers, meters and conductors. All transactions regarding connection to electricity should be carried out at Kenya Power offices,” he said.

 

The incident comes just days after Kenya Power published a notice cautioning the public against fraudsters impersonating company staff and demanding bribes from customers to avoid disconnection.

 

Kenya Power security team has intensified crackdown on illegal power connections across the country.

 

Two suspects James Gathambo Wambugu and Peter Ndirangu Nguru were arrested at Timau Sub County in Meru County on Tuesday for receiving stolen aluminum conductors and other assorted materials.

 

Elsewhere in Mogokosiek, two suspects; Geoffrey Rotich, a guard from Gillys Security Limited that is contracted by Kenya Power and Bernard Kibet Koech were arrested for siphoning transformer oil. Mr Kibet was the recipient of the stolen good.

 

In February, Ms Margaret Muthoni, a suspect in incidences of conductor vandalism both in Narok and Nakuru was arrested and charged at Molo law courts where she pleaded not guilty and was released on a cash bail of Sh100,000 and a surety bond of Sh500,000.

 

During the same month, twenty prepaid meter dumped inside a pit latrine at Joy Academy in Langas, Uasin Gishu County were also recovered, following an operation carried out in the area.

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