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Restricted Parties In Fight As State Is Set To Declare Power Substations

The public authority will assign select power transmission substations and power framework as limited regions in a new battle against defacing.

Utility firm Kenya Power and the Kenya Power Transmission Organization (Ketraco) have gone under strain lately following a spate of blackouts accused on the breakdown of transmission towers because of defacing.

Simply last week, the whole nation was dove into a power outage following the breakdown of four arches along the Kiambere-Embakasi high-voltage transmission line in Imara Daima.

In an assertion, Kenya Power said the pinnacles fell because of defacing. Hoodlums break off huge lumps of metal from the pinnacles available to be purchased as salvaged material.

This week, government authorities including Energy Head Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa visited pieces of the Olkaria-Lessos-Kisumu transmission line in Navisha, where six arches had been vandalized.

The public authority has now said it will periodical select power substations and foundation as ensured regions that will see them intensely watched by security powers.

Talking at a press preparation on Friday, PS Kihalangwa said the move will lessen instances of defacement and purposeful harm of basic power foundation.

Power outage was deliberate

He said the public authority will increase checking of these establishments including by utilization of helicopters, security organizations, local gatherings and individual residents to get the power framework.

"We will assign power substations and a portion of the electrical cables as confined regions to restrict access for their assurance," said the PS.

"We will draw in with other security offices who will assist with getting (the offices) notwithstanding the gear that we will use to screen these offices."

This comes as the public authority fixes screws on nine senior specialists at Kenya Power who have been blamed for monetary damage, a genuine wrongdoing, following last week's countrywide blackout.

The court heard that the power outage was deliberate and might have been kept away from given that they were educated regarding the defacing on December 9 however never acted.

Kahawa Senior Head Justice Boaz Ombewa this week permitted police to keep Mr David Kamau, Mr George Kipkoech, Mr Julius Karani, Mr Geoffrey Kipkirui, Mr Anthony Gathii, Mr Martin Musyoki, Mr Joshua Wasakha, Mr Raphael Ndolo and Mr Peter Musyoki for 21 days.

The Secured Regions Act, 1949, which has been altered a few times, gives the Bureau secretary, through a periodical notification, the powers to assign regions or premises as ensured regions to forestall unapproved section.

"In the event that, as regards any region, spot or premises, it appears to the Clergyman to be fundamental or convenient in light of a legitimate concern for public security and public request that unique precautionary measures ought to be taken to forestall the passage of unapproved people, he may, by request distributed in the Paper, proclaim such region, spot or premises to be an ensured region for the motivations behind this Demonstration," says the Demonstration.

A portion of the gazetted ensured regions are the State House, State lodges, military sleeping quarters, police headquarters and police preparing focuses, which are under weighty security assurance.

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