Bungoma court fines man Sh5 million for electricity theft
A man has been fined Sh5 million by a Bungoma court for illegal electricity connection as Kenya Power ups fight against theft of electricity. Geoffrey Kiberenge, who was arrested in Bungoma on October 19, will serve a 10-year jail term in default of the fine. About 60 people have been arrested countrywide and charged in court for various alleged offences, mostly illegal connections. This follows an ongoing crackdown on illegal connections by the Kenya Power’s security personnel on unauthorised reconnections, vandalism and theft of electricity. “Illegal connections undermine the reliability of power supply as they overload the distribution network and result in unplanned outages and may cause injury or death,” Kenya Power chief executive Ben Chumo said yesterday in a statement. At the Coast, Nathan Wasike and Paul Akuto Okech were arrested in Likoni yesterday for being in possession of KPLC labelled climbing irons. They were booked in at Likoni Police Post and are expected to appear in court today. In Ruaraka, Jacob Abade Anywaya was arrested for impersonating Kenya Power staff.