KPLC CEO JOSEPH SIROR now blames UHURU over the loss of millions at Kenya Power – See what the former President did?

Friday, May 24, 2024 - Kenya Power Chief Executive Officer Joseph Siror has blamed former President Uhuru Kenyatta for the loss of millions at KPLC.

Addressing scrap metal dealers at an event organized by the Consumers Federation of Kenya (Cofek), Siror revealed that the utility company lost Ksh68 million to vandals immediately after the scrap metal ban was lifted by Uhuru Kenyatta.

Siror noted that the company recorded zero cases of vandalism during the period the ban was in place.

A total of 76 transformers were vandalised between May and December 2022 immediately after the moratorium was lifted.

He further estimated that the cost could be higher if the cost of vandalized copper windings, braces, and meters among others is incorporated.

Siror further noted that in 2023, 365 transformers valued at Ksh328 million were vandalized while so far this year, 78 transformers have been destroyed setting the company back Ksh78 million.

"If you compute the cost of unserved energy, loss of business, and possibly lives, the losses are in billions of Kenya shillings. This is a huge loss to the economy and is unsustainable," he added.

Uhuru banned the scrap metal trade in January 2022 and ordered police to arrest and press treason charges against individuals found vandalizing national infrastructure projects.

The ban was in place as the government developed proper guidelines and was lifted on May 1 of the same year.

At the time, the government mandated all traders to be vetted at the county level before being allowed to engage in the business.


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