Vandalism Costs Kenya Power Sh60 Mn In Half A Year

By  |  August 15, 2019

The Kenyan Government has been making tremendous efforts to boost street lighting in order to create an enabling environment for doing business at night and to enhance security.

Kenya Power, which mainly spearheads the public lighting project, has now raised concern over increased cases of vandalized street lights which it says has cost it up to Sh60 million in seven months.

According to the acting general manager for Network Management and Infrastructure Development, David Mwaniki, the problem is experienced in most counties and is sabotaging efforts to turn the country into a 24-hour economy.

“We want people to continue working day and night to grow the economy in counties and that is why we are installing street lights in all urban centers, but criminals are messing up our work. They should be tamed,” he told businessdaily.

Kenya Power installed over 113,000 street lights countrywide in the year ended 30 June 2018 but it says that vandals are reversing the gains.

Cross-Border Money Transfer In Africa: Is Bitcoin The Golden Silver Bullet?

 image

“We generate revenue from street light projects but when they are vandalised we get nothing, Police should wake up and do their job of protecting property,” he said.

The firm says that almost 40 percent of power supply interruptions experienced by customers are associated with vandalism related incidents.

The criminals, who mainly operate at night, target the infrastructure stealing transformers, street lamps, and wires, among other items for sale to rogue traders.

Several people have been sentenced to serve 10-year jail terms after being charged with vandalizing electrical conductors contrary to section 64(4) of the Energy Act.

Featured Image Courtesy: The Star

Journalism is broken in Africa


Help us build a narrative on African Business, Startups, Tech and Economy
Join us today to empower great story telling, one story at a time

Monthly Membership

$10

(billed monthly)

Access To 1 Month WT Membership

Access To Premium Newsletters For 1 Month

1 Month Access To WT's Content Archive

Access To WT's Conferences & Events

Access To All WT's Research Reports On Africa

Access To Podcasts, Video Content & Recordings

Subscribe Now
Popular

Annual Membership

$60

(billed annually)

Access To 12-Month WT Membership

Access To WT's Conferences & Events

Access To All WT's Research Reports On Africa

Access To Podcasts, Video Content & Recordings

Access To All Premium Newsletters

Unlimited Access To WT's Content Archive

Subscribe Now

If you are a Corporate or a Student, please reach out to us for subscription at [email protected]