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Kenya Power moves to curb illegal connections of electricity

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  • Kenya Power launches a major operation in Nakuru to seize transformers and other infrastructure that aids illegal connections.
  • Illegal connections of power are the leading cause of unplanned power outages.
  • There have been rising numbers of electrocution within the county due to poor connectivity.

In a bid to clamp down illegal connections in the country, Kenya Power on Thursday,30th October launched a major operation in Nakuru which will see them disconnect all those connected to the grid illegally, as well as seize transformers and other infrastructure that aids this vice.

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The operation which kicked off in Neissut, Njoro saw hundreds of residents disconnected from the grid.

Nakuru County Business Manager Engineer Henry Pwani noted that illegal connections of power among residents were massive across regions especially in slum areas.

Pwani pointed out that illegal connections are also the leading cause of unplanned power outages adding that the same causes network overloads and trips.

According to Pwani, there have been rising numbers of electrocution within the county saying poor connectivity is to blame.

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The exercise saw over 20 households including a church and the area chief’s office illegally connected to the grid.

He added that Nakuru County alone loses up to 22 percent of its total billing which stands at Sh 1 billion saying they have to work to ensure the gap is narrowed.

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Pwani warned that the Company is working closely with investigating agencies to unmask persons involved in illegal activities with the aim of prosecuting them in court as provided by law.

He said they will intensify these crackdowns within the whole county to ensure all customers are safe and are connected properly calling on residents to report such connections.

 

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