Two arrested over electricity theft

By Nicole Kamanzi M.
On 16 July 2019 at 06:14

Two men have been arrested, suspected of illegal electrical connections to their welding workshop in Gatsata, Gasabo district.

On 15th July, 2019, while conducting a regular electricity anti-theft inspection conducted by Rwanda Energy Group Limited (REG) in partnership with Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) and Rwanda National Police and local communities, two men were arrested in Nyamugari cell, Gatsata sector, Gasabo district accused of illegal electrical connections to their welding workshop.

The duo is are now detained at RIB Gatsata branch.

Habimana Marcel, the Manager of REG Branch in Jabana while addressing the media said that the suspects will be brought prosecuted in courts of law.

Habimana condemned the act and called upon citizens to distance themselves from stealing electricity because heavy punishment awaits culprits. He further said that stealing electricity hinders the development of the country.

“REG in partnership with security organs had taken measures to curb electricity theft across the country because the issue affects not only REG but also the country in general and affects the national development goals,” said Habimana.

Statistics show that Commercial electricity losses are still high with a percentage of around 6.5% of the electricity generated in the country and out of which a big percentage emanates from electricity theft.

Findings from last year (2018) revealed that electricity stolen was valued at around Rwf1.9 billion.

Theft of electricity is punishable by law N°52/2018 of 13/08/2018.