Kenyan Ministry of Interior has announced plans by the government to provide 24-hour security for all electricity infrastructure and installations in the East African nation.
The move follows recent vandalism of electrical installations and collapsing of some transmission towers which plunged the country into a nationwide blackout.
Three top management executives of Kenya Power are currently facing prosecution for their alleged involvement in the nationwide blackout on January 11, 2022.
Speaking during a security meeting on the energy sector attended by Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma, Regional and County Commissioners, County Police Commanders, County Senior Energy sector managers, Dr Fred Okengo Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior, said Kenya Power, Energy Mink, KenGen Kenya and KETRACO1 and other energy providers projects would be placed under 24-hr protection in a partnership that would also clear power lines way leaves as a safety measure.
He said County Commissioners and national government administrative officers leadership would coordinate the protection of critical energy sector installations from vandals and saboteurs within their jurisdictions.
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Meanwhile, Kenya Power & Lighting Company Plc has welcomed the decision by the government to secure the national electricity infrastructure to curb rising cases of vandalism.
Dr. @FredMatiangi who chairs the Cabinet sub-committee on Energy also directed the officers to robustly enforce H.E. President directive on the moratorium on scrap metal trade. pic.twitter.com/CUW5KEc10K
— Ministry of Interior (@InteriorKE) January 27, 2022