Man’s Illegal Power Connection Electrocutes Neighbour to Death

June 4, 2019

A Kisii County man was on Monday morning electrocuted to death at Nyanuguti village, Etora Sub-location. Reports indicate the deceased was harvesting nappier grass for his cattle when he came into contact with a live wire that had been illegally connected by his neighbour.

Etora Sub-location Assistant Chief Esther Bochere said tiny wires found at the scene indicate the power was illegally connected.

Shortly after the incident, the man suspected to have made the illegal connection disconnected the wires and went into hiding.

Authorities said a search has since been launched as further investigations continue.

This comes barely a week after Kenya Power South Nyanza Regional Manager, John Guda said the company has incurred a loss of over Sh.70 million due to illegal power connections.

Guda noted that in addition to losses incurred by the company and customers who are forced to remain without power for up to months, a number of lives have also been lost through electrocution.

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