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Power play: How EACC nabbed Kenya Power staff for soliciting Sh15,000 bribe

A Kenya Power employee who was arrested for soliciting a bribe on Friday, June 16, 2023, has been released on Sh30,000 cash bail.

The employee, whose identity was not made public by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), was released on Sunday evening, 18 June 2023.

According to the EACC, a complainant had approached the officials saying that he wanted one of the electricity meters in his compound removed.

He said the extra meter was for a boiler he never used.

“Another Kenya Power employee working with the suspect at Donholm substation then removed the meter, which the complainant did not want,” the EACC said in a statement.

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However, in a twist of events, the complainant was shocked when one of the KPLC employees entered his house and slapped him with a huge outstanding bill from the meter that had been removed.

The KPLC employee then asked the complainant to pay him Sh15,000 to clear the huge bill and settle the matter between them.

When the complainant told him off, the Kenya Power employee threatened to increase the bill if he did not part with the Sh15,000 he wanted.

The KPLC officers quickly came up with a plan to nab the suspect and on Friday afternoon, they set a trap.

The suspect was arrested just moments after accepting the Sh15,000 bribe and taken to the EACC headquarters.

He was detained at the Integrity Centre police station before being transferred to Kilimani police station where he was remanded in custody.

According to EACC, he was released only after posting a cash bail of Sh30,000 and will be arraigned in court today, June 19.

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