County Commissioners and National Government Administration Officers – NGAOS teams have been mandated to coordinate the protection of energy sector critical installations from vandalism in their jurisdictions.
Dr Fred Matiang’I, Interior Cabinet Secretary, who chairs the Cabinet sub-Committee on Energy, has also directed the officers to robustly enforce President Kenyatta’s moratorium on scrap metal trade.
“The Kenya Power & Lighting Company (KPLC), Ministry of Energy, Kenya, KenGen Kenya, and KETRACO and other energy providers projects will be placed under 24-hour National Police Service protection in a partnership that will also clear power lines wayleaves as a safety measure,” read a statement released by the Ministry of Interior.
He was speaking during a security meeting on the energy sector attended by CS Dr Monica Juma, IG Hilary Mutyambai, regional and country commissioners, county police commanders, and senior energy sector managers.
There has been a rise in vandalism in Kenya and President Uhuru Kenyatta was forced to announce a moratorium on scrap metal trade in the country.
“The law is clear. These acts are nothing less than economic sabotage which falls under treasonable acts and the law is clear as to how we deal with treasonable acts. We will not allow you to destroy that which is for the growth and development of our country to benefit a few individual pockets,” President Kenyatta cautioned©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.