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.
Content created and supplied by: Kingoz (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More