Unscrupulous scrap metal dealers have been accused of engaging street children to vandalise cable installations in major towns.
On Sunday, Roads assistant minister Lee Kinyanjui directed law enforcement agencies to act as directed by Finance minister Njeru Githae on those vandalising government installations.
“We are losing millions, including human lives, due to vandalism of crucial installations such as road signs that guide motorists,” said the Nakuru Town MP.
Some members of Scrap Metal Dealers Association said street children were sent to vandalise infrastructural installations such as transformers, power poles and cables, which were smuggled into scrap metal dealers’ yards.
“Street children are having a field day engaged in vandalism by supplying some of our colleagues with stolen wares,” said one of the traders.
They welcomed action by the government and promised to support enactment of a law to stem the thriving trade.
The proposed law recommends a Sh1 million fine to be slapped on the criminal or a three-year jail term.
During a meeting on Tuesday by Nakuru Chapter members, it was agreed to fight the illegal trade.
“We are going to support the government by reporting to police those engaged in buying vandalised equipment,” said chairman Mr Joseph Wandaka, who was flanked by 100 members.