The Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and former West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin has put on notice officers in the energy sector who are engaging in corruption.
Kachapin pointed out that there are officers in the sector who are conducting illegal electricity connections saying that there are rising cases of illegal connections.
He said such actions are economic crimes under the law and those found will have to face the law. Kachapin said that illegal connections are also the leading cause of unplanned power outages. “The network overloads and trips because it is carrying more users than what it was designed for. Furthermore‚ customers who are not paying for electricity tend to be wasteful in the way they use it,” he said.
He said curbing illegal electricity connections, infrastructure theft and vandalism will ensure the safety of communities while also improving the performance of the electricity network, ensuring uninterrupted electricity supply for the benefit of individuals, businesses and the country at large.
“Our programmes are aimed at educating the public about the consequences associated with various forms of infrastructure and electricity theft, including illegal connections, which often lead to electrocutions and fires, economic down-turn, power outages, job losses and a higher cost of living,” he said.
Speaking at Kapsangar trading center along the West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet border while launching street lights in a unity project, Kachapin encouraged all community members to report any unsafe and illegal power conditions or connections they come across. “Illegal power lines and connections also pose the danger of electrocution to beneficiaries as they are often not constructed per the required standards,” he said.
Kachapin said there are individuals busy doing illegal extensions which he said are not properly installed ending up leading to disasters. “The illegal connections and extensions being done by some individuals have led to disasters and Kenya Power is blamed. We have commenced a crackdown and we call on the public to assist us with this,” he said.
The CAS warned officers on laxity and inefficiency adding that the aim of the Jubilee government is to give best services in order to win the trust of taxpayers.
He pointed out that the government’s target is to ensure all houses and institutions are connected to electricity. “Electricity is the enabler of the Big Four agenda.”