In Kisii County, Kenya Power’s Business Manager, Engineer Erick Momanyi, expressed worry about the rising incidents of vandalism targeting power infrastructure.

Engineer Momanyi noted that vital power infrastructure, particularly transformers, faced frequent theft, with hotspots in Nyakoe and Mosocho areas within Kitutu Chache South Constituency.

Over the past fortnight, there was an attempted vandalism in Mosocho, thwarted by vigilant residents, yet another transformer was lost in Nyakoe.

Kenya Power has been actively engaging in community education efforts in affected areas, urging residents to stay alert and promptly report any suspicious activities.

Engineer Momanyi appealed to county administrative officers to collaborate closely with Kenya Power to deter criminals from stealing infrastructure.

These concerns were voiced during a County Disaster Management Committee meeting at the Kisii Agricultural Training Centre, near Kisii town.

While welding transformers could deter theft, the process is time-consuming, leaving opportunities for criminals.

Moreover, illegal activities along Kenya Power lines, including unauthorized connections, exacerbate the issue.

Engineer Momanyi highlighted the high cost and scarcity of transformers, emphasizing the detrimental impact of vandalism on the region’s power supply.

Recent vandalism at the Kegati Substation by unknown assailants resulted in a county-wide power outage, underscoring the severity of the problem.

Kenya Power’s data reveals alarming statistics: in 2023, 365 transformers worth Sh328 million were lost, with 78 transformers vandalized this year.

The company is actively engaging with various stakeholders, including energy sectors and the public, to combat vandalism and ensure affordable and reliable power for all citizens.