TREASON: Ban on Buying, Selling Scrap Metal in Kenya

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Vandalizing of critical development infrastructure amounts to treason, following a warning by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta said such acts of vandalism translate to economic sabotage.

Moreover, the vandalism often brings the country’s activities to a standstill if they don’t operate optimally.  

Speaking at NPS college Kigango during a pass out of recruits, Thursday January 20, anyone caught is guilty of treason.

The President in his speech listed stealing of signboards, transmission lines and even railway lines among others.

“The law is clear that these are acts of economic sabotage which falls as a treasonable act and the law is clear as to how you deal with treasonable acts and people who plunge the country into chaos for their own selfish needs.”


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In a move to contain vandalism, Kenyatta placed a ban on export, buying and selling of scrap materials in Kenya.

This comes amid police reports that parts of destroyed transmission lines sold as scrap metal.

“As of today we will no longer allow and we have a moratorium on the export or buying and selling of any scrap material until we have put in place proper guidelines that will ensure that the material is not coming from the hard material investments the people of Kenya have made,” said President Kenyatta.  

 This comes as a Kiambu Court on Tuesday ordered the detention of nine senior Kenya Power employees, for a further eight days.

They face charges of alleged involvement in the countrywide power outages experienced last week.

However, reports indicate they failed to act on a tip-off of an alleged vandalism that led to country wide blackout.


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