Kenya Power bosses face terrorism charges in court over collapsed transmission line

The collapsed transmission line

The 10 Kenya Power managers were grilled and later driven to Muthaiga police cells ahead of arraignment

By The Weekly Vision Online

Just like we predicted here Kenya Power managers blame cartel for the massive blackout, following in-depth investigations, top managers at Kenya Power Company are facing terrorism charges in a court of law over the recent prolonged power blackout. According to DCI director George Kinoti 10 Kenya Power managers have been arrested and charged for the sabotage.

Kenyans were recently left baffled by the prolonged power outages during busy working days. Many businesses were hard hit by the blackout causing massive losses. Many businesses were affected by the outages. Mr Kinoti last week directed detectives from the Serious Crime Unit to question senior officials at Kenya Power Company.

The managers were summoned to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters on Kiambu Road. The 10 managers were grilled and later driven to Muthaiga police cells ahead of arraignment. Investigations have revealed that a joint task force by Kenya Power and the KERACO had on December 8 furnished the board with a report that, among other things, recommended that the basement of angle towers of Kenya Power’s high voltage power lines in Embakasi had been vandalized and the cross-beams loosened.

A probe established that a few days after Eng Rosemary Oduor was appointed as Managing Director, she wrote an urgent letter to the board indicating that some materials had to be bought for the maintenance of the power lines, the information was ignored

The probe established that a few days after Eng Rosemary Oduor was appointed as Managing Director, she wrote to the board indicating that some materials had to be bought for the maintenance of the power lines. “The board was again informed on December 8th, but no action was taken. Had action been taken in time, we would probably not have seen a collapse of the power line,” a senior detective aware of the probe said. The information was, however, ignored, leading to the collapse that caused a major outage. “The angle towers had been vandalized and bracings could not support the weight of the conductors, which are very heavy. Other towers failed to sustain the weight and also caved in,” the DCI said.

Eng Rosemary Oduor

Despite the site having been classified as a ‘red spot’ that required full-time surveillance, there were no patrols in the area, leading to vandalism. The theft was reported at the ICD police post and photos of the vandalized towers were shared with Kenya Power management. On Monday, detectives raided Stima Plaza and carted away computers and other documentation to retrieve internal communication to establish reports that there was prior communication about the vandalism.

Among the officials who have been grilled include the chief engineer, network management officials and chief security officer. Others include Eng George Korir, David Mutiso, Julius Mwaniki of transmission, security officer Geoffrey Kigen, and a Mr Kithusia. Police said six towers along the Olkaria-Kisumu power line were also vandalized in Naivasha on Tuesday. Energy PS Gordon Kihalangwa toured the affected parts. Preliminary investigations point to sabotage, with the Naivasha incident coming a week after the Kiambere-Embakasi line at Imara Daima.

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