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Kenya Power and lightening Company (KPLC) has launched a massive crackdown to curb theft of electricity says it looses Ksh220 million per month in the Central Rift Region to the vice. It has expressed concerns over the increasing illegal connections to the national grid.
Issuing a warning, KP County Business Manager Engineer Henry Pwani warned that employees and individuals found guilty of aiding fraud, illegal connections and other crimes will be arrested and prosecuted.
Engineer Pwani said the illegal connections do not just threaten the company’s revenue but also the lives of beneficiaries and the public at large. He was speaking during a crackdown on illegal power connections in Nessuit within Njoro Sub-County.
“We are focused on eliminating these crimes and ensuring all those found culpable face the full force of the law,” said the official days after Nakuru county was ranked with the highest cases of electrocutions blamed on poor connectivity is to blame.
He stated that the residents had been advised on the proper procedures while applying for power connections and advised locals seeking the power utility’s services to visit its offices and avoid dealing with ‘middlemen’ and unauthorized electricians.
Engineer Pwani noted that illegal connections had exposed the company’s network making power supply to genuine customers unreliable.
The operation was carried out jointly by Kenya Power’s security personnel and officers drawn from the National Police Service.
The operation is part of a wider war against illegal connections that began in January this year. “Stealing of electricity attracts a fine of Sh1 million. Those who tamper or break electricity meters will be fined Sh50,000,” he elaborated.