Transformer vandals receive 18-year prison sentences

Kenya: Two suspects found guilty of vandalising assets belonging to Kenya’s state-owned power utility Kenya Power were sentenced to a combined 18 years in prison.

Notorious for their crimes, Wesley Rotich and James Ngondoli are serving sentences of 11 years and 18 years respectively for vandalising a 100KVA transformer and stealing 420 litres of transformer oil in Kapseret area on the 4 and 5 June 2017.

The vandals were serving a previous sentence passed on 8th February 2018. Wesley was imprisoned for vandalising a 200KVA transformer worth USD 25 000 while James was arrested on 11th October 2017 at Jua Kali area in Eldoret for stealing a transformer worth USD 20 000, copper windings and 400 litres of transformer oil.

Kenya Power’s Security Services Manager Maj. Geoffery Kigen welcomed the speedy prosecution saying the two criminals were the masterminds of a group that vandalised electricity distribution equipment in the area on several occasions which greatly destabilised the quality of power supply to customers.

Kenya Power has sustained surveillance on the network through countrywide operations to crackdown vandalism and illegal connections. Through these efforts, there has been an 81.3% decline in cases of vandalism countrywide.

Source: ESI Africa