Nairobi and Kiambu lead in public electrocutions, says KPLC

KPLC workers conducting a routine check. |file

Nairobi and Kiambu are among 10 counties that are leading in cases of electrocution, by 11 percent and seven percent respectively.

This is according to data from Kenya Power that shows Nairobi leads followed by Kiambu, Nakuru, Kericho, Uasin Gishu, Siaya, Busia, Nyamira, Meru, and Kirinyaga.

The report indicates that the leading causes of electrocutions are; poor wiring at customer premises (24%), illegal connections (16%), structures and buildings near power lines (12%), and deliberate acts (9%).

It’s in this case that Kenya Power has partnered with the National Government Administration Officers (NGAO) to enhance public awareness on the danger of unsafe use or accidental contact with electricity.

Speaking at a public safety sensitization workshop for Administration Officers organized by the Company that was held at Stima Club in Nairobi on Wednesday, Kenya power Managing Director & CEO, Bernard Ngugi, said they have kicked off a safety campaign to educate members of the public on the danger of unsafe use of electricity to address the worrying trend in public electrocutions.

“As an organization, we have a legal and moral obligation to protect lives and we always aim to operate in a safe environment,” he said.

Cognizant of the danger involved in electricity, the Company aims to provide a safe and reliable power supply to its customers to enable the country’s socio-economic development sustainably.