Kenya Power has laid off 110 employees who were found guilty of aiding fraud, illegal connections and other crimes. The layoff happened within the past one year and Managing Director and CEO, Bernard Ngugi has warned of more action as the Company scales up the fight on crimes that undermine quality power supply.
Mr. Ngugi was speaking in Tassia estate today as he led the Company’s operation to crackdown illegal power connections. The operation was carried out jointly by Kenya Power’s security personnel and officers drawn from the National Police Service. It was also attended by the Cabinet Secretary for Energy Hon. Charles Keter and the director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations Mr. George Kinoti.
“The Company will continue to work with security agencies to eliminate illegal power connections and address other crimes that are denying Kenyans quality electricity supply. Illegal connections do not just threaten the Company’s revenue but also the lives of beneficiaries and the public at large. We are focused on eliminating these crimes and ensuring all those found culpable face the full force of the law,” said Mr. Ngugi.
Today’s operation follows a month after a similar operation was carried out in Mukuru Kwa Njenga Estate where 16 transformers and assorted cables aiding illegal power supply were recovered.
The Company has recently increased surveillance on the grid network as a measure to address the rampant cases of illegal connections, vandalism, bypassing of meters and fraud involving transactions for payment of bills, electricity connection and purchase of electricity token.
In October last year, the Company established a special response team called theField Enforcement Unit (FEU) that works closely with security agencies to promptly address cases of illegal connections.
Since the beginning of the current financial year, a total of 630 people have been arrested across the country and prosecuted for various crimes relating to theft of electricity and fraud. Out of these, 115 people have already been convicted.