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Head of State Bans Trade on Scrap Metals

In an effort to reduce vandalism of essential infrastructure in Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta has outlawed the selling of scrap metals.

The moratorium was issued by the Head of State on Thursday, barely one day after nine senior Kenya Power executives were arrested on suspicion of sabotage, which triggered a statewide power outage on January 11.

He appeared to link the alleged sabotage to criminal scrap metal dealing that targets critical infrastructure around the country while addressing at the National Police College Main Campus in Kiganjo, Nyeri County.

"We've noticed vandalism on our electricity transmission cables' sign boards and towers." We've also seen sabotage, as as in Naivasha, where somebody unbolted some of our power transmission cables and towers, causing disruption and havoc," Mr Kenyatta said.

Unscrupulous merchants, according to the President, are targeting important infrastructure installations for metals.

"As of today, we will have imposed a moratorium on the export, purchase, and sale of any waste material until we have established sufficient criteria to verify that the material is not derived from people's hard-earned investments," he stated.

Economic sabotage, according to the President, involves vandalism of key infrastructure.

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