Three arrested for vandalizing KPLC property

A vandalized KPLC transformer recovered by the DCI in the Thursday raid./COURTESY

Three people were on Thursday arrested for vandalizing Kenya Power and Lighting Company property.

Johanna Thuku, Stephen Githitu and Patrick King’ori were arrested by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations detectives in Juja where vandalized equipment worth millions were recovered.

DCI sleuths raided a scrap metal yard in Juja’s Matangi area, where several vandalized KPLC transformers, rolls of aluminum conductors and assorted materials belonging to KPLC were recovered.

“A further search in nearby homesteads led to the recovery of more vandalized apparatus, where a container full of steel bracing obtained from critical electricity transmission towers were recovered,” said the DCI.

Vandalized property found in a container during the Thursday raid by the DCI./COURTESY

The suspect’s were arraigned at a Thika court for the offense of vandalism.

They were also charged with additional counts of handling stolen energy equipment.

Police are working to arrest more accomplices of the suspects who are still at large.

The arrest came barely a month after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a moratorium in scrap metal trade due to runaway vandalism targeting critical national infrastructure.