People on land reserved for power transmission lines across the country have 30 days to clear from the areas before the government takes action.
This is a notice Interior, Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i gave after a meeting Thursday, January 27, 2022
CS Matiang’i however said the government would be swift in the eviction exercise which he said will follow due process.
“The clearances that will be coordinated by country commissioners and grassroots-based National government administrators will be done humanely and in consultation with the affected individuals,” said the Interior CS.
The CS explained this would curb vandalism cases witnessed towards the beginning of the year.
This led to countrywide power blackouts for about two days in some regions.
But Matiang’i sad security intelligence thwarted another vandalism scheme on pylons in Naivasha the same week.
Matiang’i was accompanied by Energy CS Monica Juma in the address to regional and country commissioners.
He also spoke to county police commanders and senior managers of KPLC and other energy parastatals.
The CS noted the encroachment on wayleaves designated for pylons, posing grave dangers.
According to Matiang’i, wayleaves take 60 to 120 meters depending on the load of transmission lines.
Similarly, Matiang’i recounted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on the ban of scrap metal trade saying that it served the purpose of eradicating the sabotages.
Energy CS Monica Juma on her part underscored the urgency of focusing sharp attention on energy infrastructure as effects of disruption to the economy and the country’s security are colossal.
Energy PS Maj Gen (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa and the chairpersons and managing directors of KPLC and KETRACO attended the meeting.