By SME Digital Correspondent
Two people were arrested at Stima Plaza on Thursday for impersonating Kenya Power officers and alleging that they could facilitate employment.
The suspects; Francis Karanja Wambaa and Julius Sospeter Gikonyo were intercepted by BM Security guards deployed at Stima Plaza’s reception area for suspicious behavior and trying to gain access into the building.
“The Company notes that there are criminals out there duping members of the public that they are Kenya Power officials and that they will aid their electricity connection and secure employment for the victims. We will continue carrying out operations to stamp out these offenders,” said Kenya Power’s Security Services Manager Major Geoffrey Kigen (Rtd).
Upon questioning, it was established that 8 people were outside waiting to be facilitated by the duo into the building for “interviews” on a range of job vacancies.
The unsuspecting job seekers were to part with Sh5000 each once issued with “employment letters”. The suspects were booked at Muthaiga Police Station and will appear in court today.
He added: “The public should know that Kenya Power is an equal opportunity employer. All job vacancies are advertised in leading newspapers and on the Company’s website. Qualified candidates are taken through an interview process before they are formally employed. The Company does not tolerate canvassing.”
In a similar case that occurred in May last year, a middle-aged man was arrested for offering false employment letters to unsuspecting people in Nyeri. He was booked at Nyeri Police Station and was charged with the offense of conning, obtaining by false pretense and forgery.
This incident comes less than a week after Kenya Power arrested six people including a staff for various offenses, among them illegal connections.