How Kenya Power’s lousy transformers inflate your bills

Defective transformers at the Kenya Power storage yard in Industrial Area, Nairobi. The company denies paying for them and claims the supplier will take them back. PHOTO | WILLIAM OERI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The transformers failed the company's own quality tests; they were of poor build, the materials used to manufacture them were of poor quality.
  • There has been a nationwide outcry over monthly power bills which customers consider inflated.
  • Kenya Power buys electricity from the State-owned KenGen and some independent producers and sells to homes and businesses.
  • These defective hulks litter the Kenya Power yard, off Nairobi’s Jogoo Road.

Kenya Power has procured and fitted hundreds — possibly thousands — of defective transformers, exposing consumers to dangers of electric faults and high bills, Daily Nation investigations have revealed.


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