FEATURED: REG, partners in new effort to curb electricity theft
Cases of folks that conceal themselves as Rwanda Energy Group (REG) workers to thieve strength through tempering with metres have been rampant.
The offenders regularly use illegal practices illegally connect families with strength.
The robbery becomes hurting REG’s revenues and derailing us of an’s development efforts. Incidences of fireplace breakouts, deaths and energy shortage that influences businesses amongst others.
Stanley Nkubito Kamugisha, Head of Energy Efficiency and Revenue Protection Unit at REG, said that over the last10 years the company has recovered stolen energy objects well worth Rwf3 billion in stolen items while 3000 human beings were arrested in reference to these illegal sports.
The recovered objects consist of cables, transformers and electric powered poles amongst different infrastructures. The suspects commonly sell the houses to person and groups, Kamugisha said.
The recovered items couldn’t be reused because they had been damaged.
Some of the recovered electrical substances.
Theft in districts
Last yr Kayonza district alone misplaced over Rwf22 million in stolen REG items as 20 people had been arrested.
James Mugabo, the REG Branch Manager in Kayonza District
The department turned into mounted in 2016.
“Since we started out our operations, we collaborated with nearby leaders to lower the cases of unlawful activities that had been rampant throughout the district,” he defined.
Joel Elvis Nsabimana, the Manager of REG department in Musanze district, said that a total of 21 people were arrested this yr. They have been stuck with property well worth Rwf6 million.
In Nyarugenge district, 5 human beings were this year arrested as the employer recovered Rwf1.5 million, in step with Martin Mutsindashyaka, the supervisor of the REG department in the district.
Fulgence Nkundabakuze, the REG Manager in Gicumbi district, additionally cited that last year six human beings had been caught in tempering with meter whilst four others were caught stealing REG assets months ago.
The district recorded a loss of over Rwf2.Five million because of strength theft Rwf11 million of stolen gadgets.
At the beginning of this month, Ineza Flour manufacturing facility which turbines became stuck with a meter that gives misguided payments.
The milling companies operate from Gikondo Industrial Park in Kimihurura.
It reportedly induced a large loss to REG. While it became to pay Rwf2.1 very month, it ended up paying Rwf700,000.
Kamugisha defined that REG has provided you with measures and penalties to cope with the problem.
“As we proceeded to attach more households throughout the united states, we started counting the instances of fraud and theft in all districts throughout u . S. With most of the people within the cities,” he said.
The metropolis of Kigali, Rusizi and Rubavu districts were mentioned some of the main regions with highest quotes of strength fraud and theft.
“The united states of America is experiencing excessive degrees of urbanisation that creates greater pressure on the present infrastructure, which includes energy. It turns into difficult whilst some people are caught in destroying what turned into made for preferred hobbies. Until today, we are registering cases of fraud,”
The recovered tools emerge as useless because they’re determined too damaged to be re-used. Cables are cut in portions and they can’t be used anymore.
It became found out that maximum cases arise at night time.
According to Aime M.Uwanyirigira, Head of Commercial Cycle Performance Unit, REG one of the measures being deployed consist of appointing agents inside the community to provide statistics.
It is stated that some residents get engaged in unlawful sports ignorantly.
“We inspire residents to be more vigilant and alert us approximately such human beings. They should let us recognise in case of the technical guide. Some go to them and ask for money for any service, they must recognise that isn’t our group of workers because our personnel are not alleged to price cash,” she delivered
Rwanda Investigative Bureau’s Spokesperson Modeste Mbabazi has warned individuals who have interaction fraudulent sports.
He added that the public must be more sensitised about the difficult measures was taken over such types of thefts.
In line with the brand new regulation determining fashionable offences and penalties that became posted within the legitimate gazette these days article 51talks approximately fraudulent subtraction of electric strength.
The law says that any character tempers with a meter, make use of the unlawful approach to subtract, department off or divert or reason to be abstracted, branched off any electric electricity, or makes use of this type of electric strength which has been fraudulently or unlawfully abstracted, branched off or diverted commits an offence.
Upon conviction, the suspect is at risk of imprisonment for a term of now not less than six months and now not more than one year with a first-rate of no longer much less than Rwf1 million and no longer exceeding Rwf5 million or this sort of consequences best.