Kenya Power in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination has launched a rapid response initiative crack down of disconnecting illegal power line in Mt Elgon Sub-County Bungoma County.
According to Joab Nasio, a technical staff from Kenya Power, while briefing the security team on the initiative at the Deputy County Commissioner Office at Kapsokwony, said their concern will be lines connected without due process.
He said during the first day of the exercise, 35 cables were recovered and 27 households disconnected.
Nasio added that his team together with chiefs, assistant chief and security team will also be checking on illegal connection and also meters obtained illegally.
He noted that by doing so, it will enable the company improve on the revenue collection.
Nasio noted that according to a survey conducted by his team in sub county established, that most of the lines were constructed without due process and so they have not been captured in their systems posing danger to human life
The technical officer also noted that most meters are not from western region hence when revenue is collected, it is directed to other regions yet they are in this region.
According to the Deputy County Commissioner, David Kosgey, the exercise should take place diligently.
Kosgey said KPLC should take advantage of the exercise to educate and sensitize their customers on matters concerning power connection since most of them are duped.
The Deputy County Commissioner noted that most of the challenge residents are facing now emerged during connection of the last mile since people wanted to be connected regardless of whether due process was followed or not.
Nasio urged the public to use *977# to get more information about KPLC services.
Kosgey asked KPLC to liaise with the house disconnected to ensure that they are legally connected ahead of the festive season to avoid insecurity cases.
By Douglas Mudambo