Kenya Power is fighting a new wave of transformer vandalism at the Coast Region involving drug addicts.
It has now emerged that the suspects are going for magnesium oxide, a powdery substance contained in the transformer fuses which has hallucinatory effects when inhaled.
This is a break from tradition where vandals have been destroying transformers to steal transformer oil, copper windings and fuses.
“We have recorded 20 incidents of transformer-fuses vandalism in some parts of Mvita, Mishomoroni, Bombolulu, Changamwe and Nyali areas within Mombasa County'” Hezekiah Mwalala, Kenya Power’s Regional manager for Coast said.
Mwalala said the magnesium oxide is mixed with cocaine or tobacco to derive hallucinatory effects.
In the last four months, a total of 174 people have been arrested for electricity theft and vandalism and charged in various courts across the country.