Two Kenya Power employees arrested for extorting money from customer in Utawala


Two Kenya Power employees arrested for extorting money from customer in Utawala

Two Kenya Power employees were Friday arrested for obtaining Ksh.30,000 from a customer in Utawala with a promise to reconnect an illegal 3 phase power line they had disconnected on March 16.

The two; Philip Mueti and Robison Mogaka, are revenue collectors stationed in Utawala under the Company’s Nairobi South region. They collected the money from a customer, Alice Akumu Orengo who tipped the KPLC security team.

They were booked at Ruai Police Station and will be arraigned at Makadara Law Courts on Monday to answer to charges that will be preferred on them.

Kenya Power has heightened security operations across the country to stamp out illegal connections, vandalism and other criminal activities that degrade the quality of electricity supply to its customers.

The arrest of the two employees comes at a time when the Company has called upon members of the public to report any suspicious activities to the nearest office or police station.

In the last two years, the Company has reported sacking more than 100 employees for abetting various crimes including illegal electricity connection and extorting money from customers to offer services.

The Company urges customers to avoid paying money to individuals and instead make payments for electricity bills, purchase of token or connection/reconnection fees at KPLC commercial offices spread across the country, through mobile money to the Company’s paybill numbers or through appointed payment agents.

The arrest of the two employees comes less than two weeks after six people believed to be behind a spate of transformer vandalisms were arrested at Kyangombe area in Embakasi in a raid carried out by Kenya Power security personnel together with officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.

During the exercise, copper windings and an assortment of cables and other electricity distribution equipment were recovered.

In addition to causing electrocution, illegal power connections undermine the quality of power supply. They are also responsible for revenue loss thus affecting the Company’s bottom line.

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