Thugs vandalizing power transforms in central Kenya on the run

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Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are pursuing a syndicate suspected to be behind vandalism of power transformers in Murang’a, central Kenya.

In a statement, DCI announced that through partnership with officials from Kenya Power and Lightening Company (KPLC), they have unearthed an elaborate network of individuals who have vandalized a total of 18 transformers leading to huge loses to the government and electricity consumers.

The agency said the suspects are working with crooked current and former employees to intentionally occasion blackouts in order to generate income through reconnection of power.

“This is achieved through vandalism of crucial parts of a transformer, before the agents masquerading as Kenya Power officials approach the affected area residents and reconnect power to their homesteads at a fee,” said DCI.

The thugs sabotage efforts by KPLC to restore power supply by removing fuses from transformers, immediately the KPLC emergency teams leave the sites.

Two months ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a moratorium on scrap metal dealings, after investigations revealed that scrap metal trade was responsible for runaway vandalism of critical national infrastructure, targeting materials used for electricity connection, road and railway construction,

This has led to huge losses amounting to millions of shillings, in a vice bordering on economic sabotage.

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