June 22, 2024
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ELECTRICITY

Kenya Power Lost 365 Transformers to Vandalism in 2023

Kenya’s power utility company, Kenya Power, reported the loss of 365 transformers in 2023 due to vandalism, amounting to KSh328 million ($2,466,165.38).

From May to December 2022, the company lost 76 transformers valued at KSh68 million, and from January 2024 to date, 78 transformers worth KSh78 million have been vandalized.

This information was disclosed by Dr. Joseph Siror, Managing Director of Kenya Power, in a company statement. He emphasized the need for thorough vetting of all stakeholders in the scrap metal trade, including local collectors, main scrap dealers, smelters, and exporters.

“We propose that all traders dealing with scrap metal, especially copper and aluminum, must declare their sources to ensure traceability and accountability,” Dr. Siror stated.

Dr. Siror commended the Energy Act 2019, which criminalizes tampering with electricity installations, energy theft, vandalism, and damage to streetlights and power infrastructure. According to Energy News Africa, the Act imposes a fine of KSh5 million and a five-year prison sentence, or both, for offenders.

He urged all stakeholders to work together to eliminate unscrupulous scrap dealers and ensure a sustainable and reliable power supply for all Kenyans.

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