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Crackdown Launched by the Kenya Police and KPLC Following Vandalism of Transformers

Rasheedy
By Rasheedy | self meida writer
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The citizens of Nairobi have been warned of a fresh crackdown initiated by the Kenya Power Corporation in collaboration with the National Police Service (NPS). Citizen TV's story on Tuesday, 16 February, suggested that six people had been arrested in connection with the theft of the city's transformers. Several estates suffered long power outages after graffiti became rampant. The lighting company announced that more than 16 transformers have been vandalized in Nairobi since January 2021, thereby restoring success in making electricity available to Kenyans.

During the raid on Tuesday, six people accused of running a vandal racket were arrested in the Kyangombe section of Embakasi, Nairobi. Suspects were marked with Copper rolls and other devices used for power transmission. An official who was present during the operation suggested that vandalism had influenced both the business and residents who relied on electricity. Vandalism has an effect not only on Kenya Electricity but also on people. There will be outages in places where transformers do not operate due to vandalism. The official said that they urged them (citizens) to always be on the lookout for anyone going to the transformers and is not a Kenya Power employee should be reported to the police as soon as possible. He also noted that the crackdown was supposed to take place before the issue was substantially diminished. The six defendants are scheduled to be taken to court on Wednesday, 17 February. In 2019, the nation lost more than 60 million Ksh to thieves who robbed and damaged street light equipment.

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