KPLC Strikes Kenya Power issues ‘Blackout Notice’ to advertising agencies

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The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) issues warning to advertising, PR and marketing agencies.

  play A campaign poster advertising for President Uhuru Kenyatta candidature (Getty Images)

The Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has issued a notice warning advertising, PR and marketing agencies  to desist from placing posters and marketing materials on its poles.

In a notice sent out to the public through its social media page, the company warned anyone disregarding the notice will face the full wrath of the law.

play a copy of the KPLC notice (KPLC)

 

Under the energy act, 2006 section 64 (1) (b), (c) and (f) placing any kind of advertising material on KPLC poles is an offence that will attract a penalty of up to ksh1million or an imprisonment of  one year or both.

In cases where the property of KPLC has been damaged the offense is considered a vandalism charge and attracts a minimum penalty of ten years imprisonment and/or a fine of minimum ksh5milion.

The move is likely to black out ‘miti ni dawa’ and ‘daktari wa mapenzi’ businesses around the country who are especially notorious in using the poles to advertise their services.

play a banner advertising services on an electric pole (SDE)

 

Local fortune tellers commonly known as ‘waganga’ will be hard hit since with no other proper alternative form of media to advertise their services they will be out in the cold.

Among the culprits to also feel the ‘pinch’ are politicians who are now busy preparing for the 2017 general election and normally rely on KPLC poles as a platform to to sell their image, slogan, vision and manifesto.

KPLC has issued a two week notice to all guilty companies to remove their materials from their poles failure to which KPLC will proceed to remove the said materials at the cost of the concerned companies.

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