Police in Mtito Andei, Makueni County, arrested two suspects for allegedly vandalizing the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
Michael Mbevi and Nicodemus Kyove were arrested on Saturday at Kinyambu’s premier scrapyard, Mtito Andei, following a report by a member of the public.
They were found loading gauge blocks of railroad tracks into a truck destined for the lucrative scrap metal market, according to the Criminal Investigations Directorate (DCI). Mbevi is a scrap dealer in Mtito Andei while Kyove is the driver of the truck in which the blocks were loaded.
The blocks were stolen from the tracks on November 22, causing SGR services to be delayed two hours on the Nairobi-Mombasa route as engineers and security officers inspected the extent of the damage.
“The greed of the scrap metal dealers to make quick profits from the sale of the gauge blocks which guarantee the maintenance of the width of the railroad, could have had devastating consequences, in particular the derailment of a train”, declares DCI in a report.
During the 11-hour operation, railway police officers and DCI detectives recovered 22 pieces of gauge blocks and a vandalized fish joint from the SGR line.
The two suspects will be brought to justice on Monday to face charges of economic sabotage and terrorism.