Three homesteads in Kimuka area of Kajiado West are up in arms after Kenya Power and Lighting Company disconnected their electricity in their homes.
The KPLC also took away posts, electric power meters and a transformer in what the local residents claimed “unexplained circumstances”.
The affected homesteads belong to Moniyo ole Sakuda, Joshua ole Mware and Koikai ole Kaampa.
An elderly woman, Esther Supat, who is wife to Mware, on Thursday claimed they paid Sh15, 000 that KPLC agents required from every homestead in December last year before they were supplied with metered power.
“They approached us late last year and said they work for KPLC. They also told us that after surveying the area, they were satisfied that we were all qualified for the government’s ‘last mile programme’ for power connection to rural families,” said Supat.
Koikai said he was also approached and asked to pay the money, and immediately he paid he was supplied with power.
He said all the affected people were paying their bills until last week when each of them realised that they could not access their accounts when they attempted to feed their tokens.
The head of the business unit at KPLC in Kajiado North and West Sub Counties, Richard Mutua confirmed their staff visited Kimuka on Monday and brought down all the connections because they were illegal.
“It is true we did that after our investigations revealed the connections were illegally done, procured and without the approval of KPLC,” he affirmed.
Mutua said those affected did not apply to the power distributing body to provide them with power but instead went through unscrupulous people.
“The transformer, electric wires, and posts had been stolen from KPLC. In fact, some of the meters had been assigned to Garissa in North Eastern Kenya,” said Mutua.
He added that those who had an illegal power connection had their safety highly compromised.
“We are appealing to all the people out there to apply power through our offices across the country so as to avoid dealing with con people. In fact, we sympathized with those people from Kimuka and that is the reason we did not arrest them,” Mutua said.
He added that several homes had their power disconnected in Oloolua and other adjacent areas of Ngong because of illegal connections.
“We are losing more than Sh2 million every month in Ngong alone to illegal connections. Those doing the illegal business have also opened their own accounts where power consumers pay money through the purchase of tokens. These are major cartels across the country,” said Mutua.