Two jailed for 25 years each for vandalising transformers


A Kenya power technician fixes a transformer
A Kenya power technician fixes a transformer. PHOTO | FILE

A Mumias court on Wednesday sentenced two vandals to 25 years imprisonment each after they were found guilty of stealing and vandalizing transformers.

Yusuf Khayongo Mwongo, alias Yaya, and Razaq Washiali, alias Patty, were found guilty of stealing and vandalizing two transformers at Lushea and Masanda areas within Kakamega County.

Appearing before Senior Principal Magistrate’s court at Mumias Law courts on Tuesday, the two were charged with counts of stealing of two transformers contrary to section 268(1) of the penal code, vandalism of two transformers contrary to section 64(4)(b) of the Energy Act 2006 and sabotage contrary to section 343 of the penal code.

The sentence has no provision for fine and the preferred sentences will run concurrently.

“We will not relent on the war against vandalism, illegal power connections and other crimes that undermine the quality of power supply to our customers and pose danger to electricity consumers. The court ruling is a boost to our operations to stamp out these vices,” said Maj. Geoffrey Kigen (Rtd), Manager, Security Services.

“We urge the public to report any suspicious activities to our offices or nearest police stations,” he added.

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