The Star (Nairobi)

25 January 2013

Kenya Power Cables Recovered

Police in Meru have recovered a consignment of vandalized cable installations belonging to the Kenya Power and Telkom Kenya.

The cables were found at Kooje estate in Meru town during an operation led by police boss Tom Odero and chief Mercy Muriithi.

Odero said the police found the cables following a tip-off from members of the public. One suspect was arrested. On Wednesday, two people were arrested at Gakoromone with a vandalised transformer.

A Toyota Probox, alleged to have been used to transport the transformer was intercepted at Kithoka. "The vehicle is still detained at the Meru police station. This kind of vandalism has left thousands of Telkom Kenya subscribers cut off from power. The suspect will appear in court once investigations are finalized", said Odero.

He said they also recovered spare parts and a vehicle that was being dismantled. Odero said they were looking for other members of the syndicate.

"We will be interrogating the suspect in police custody to get information regarding the consignment and whether there is a criminal cartel involved in this illegal business. We are going to identify the masterminds behind this enterprise," he said.

The police boss called on members of the public to continue volunteering information that will help the police arrest criminals who vandalize power equipment and cause outages as a result of the same.

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