Kenya Power CEO breaks silence after staff was assaulted by Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai
Kenya Power CEO Joseph Siror has spoken out a day after Kitui East MP Nimrod Mbai assaulted a Kenya Power staff in Kitengela.
On Monday, July 3, 2023, Mbai was captured on camera physically assaulting the Kenya Power staffer for allegedly disconnecting power from the legislator's home in Kitengela.
"As an entity that prioritizes the welfare of its staff and the public, we condemn this incident and we wish to categorically state that we do not condone any form of violence, at least not on our staff while on official duty," Siror said in a statement.
According to Siror, the company has been recording losses from illegal connections. He said that the MP's act of violence against a Kenya Power staff of duty was not the first one, and would not hinder the power distributor from weeding out illegal power connections.
"Last year, we lost 214 units of transformers valued at an average of Ksh800,000 per unit due to overloading from illegal connections and vandalism," Siror said.
"The Company will intensify network surveillance and continue to work closely with the National Government Administration Officers and other security agencies to stamp out all illegal activities."
Kenya Power vs Mbai
Mbai was on Monday, July 3, 2023, caught on camera assaulting a Kenya Power officer who was disconnecting power from the legislator's Kitengela home.
The officers reportedly disconnected the power since it had been illegally connected to the MP's residence.
According to Kenya Power senior security officer Peter Kathusia, the connection, which extended by over a kilometre, was an illegal connection overloading a nearby transformer and endangering lives.
"We have recovered Kenya Power aluminium power cables and a metre from the house. We will also pull down the entire power line. Such an illegal power line amounts to a time bomb for the occupants of the house," Kathusia said.
The MP presented himself at the Kitengela police station on Wednesday and is set to be arraigned over the incident.