Electricity Transformer
An electricity transformer. Over 19 transformers had been stolen in the last one year in Nyandarua County [Photo, Courtesy]

Kenya Power (KP) Business Manager, Engineer Joseph Kariuki, has exposed two counties which are notorious with the theft of electricity transformer.

Making the revelation, he disclosed that Nyandarua County had been ranked number two after Nairobi in transformer theft in calling for concerted effort to curb the alarming vice.

Kariuki blamed the high cases of power outage in Nyandarua County to these thefts.

He lamented that KP was using the resources meant to connect more customers with electricity in the county to replace stolen transformers.

He noted that over 19 transformers had been stolen in the county the last year alone.

“We have encountered loss of revenue and customer dissatisfaction through loss of transformers which is more worrying, vandalism has been in most cases noticed to be in urban areas where people reside,” he noted.

A vandalized computer [Image, Courtesy}

Kariuki appealed to the police and the locals to curb theft.

Regarding the issue, Nyandarua County Commissioner, Mr Boaz Cherutich, stated that the government had launched a crackdown to nab the thieves.

“I urge the members of the public through the community policing and Nyumba Kumi initiative to be vigilant and report cases of vandalism. It is, however, the duty of the government to ensure that electricity reaches every household,” noted Cherutich.

He committed to deploying more security officers in Rurii, Museveni and Kasuku areas which have experienced high cases of transformer thefts.

In the same event, Nyandarua County Police Commander, Dr Gideon Ngumi, warned people of ill will that curtail electricity connectivity through transformer theft risked a fine of over Ksh1 Million.

“I am convinced that this illegal business will come to an end, if other areas have come to an end, why not in Nyandarua,” insisted Ngumi.

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