Two handed 25 year jailterm for vandalizing KPLC transformers

KPLC workers conducting a routine check. |file

A Mumias court has sentenced two vandals to 25 years imprisonment each after they were found guilty of stealing and vandalizing transformers. The sentence has no provision for fine.

Yusuf Khayongo Mwongo alias (Yaya) and Razaq Washiali alias (Patty) were found guilty of stealing and vandalizing two transformers at Lushea and Masanda areas within Kakamega County.

They were arraigned before Senior Principal Magistrate’s court at Mumias Law courts on Tuesday where they were charged with the counts of stealing of two transformers contrary to section 268(1) of the penal code, vandalism of two transformers contrary to section 64(4)(b) of the Energy Act 2006 and sabotage contrary to section 343 of the penal code. The preferred sentences will run concurrently.

“We will not relent on the war against vandalism, illegal power connections and other crimes that undermine the quality of power supply to our customers and pose danger to electricity consumers. The court ruling is a boost to our operations to stamp out these vices. We urge the public to report any suspicious activities to our offices or nearest police stations,” said Maj. Geoffrey Kigen (Rtd), Manager, Security Services.