Five men today appeared before a Thika court charged with illegally re-routing a power line at Kisii Estate in Thika, Makongeni area. Paul Kogi, John Ndegwa, Simon Mutisya, Ephantus Gitaka and Stephen Mwai were arrested by Kenya Power's security team last week trying to interfere with an existing power line to allow for the construction of a highrise building.

Chief Prosecutor Inspector Abdille Ali told the court that the suspects were posing as Kenya Power employees when they were arrested.

"The five had disguised themselves as Kenya Power employees and even had fake company IDs. In their possession we found electric cables, safety belts, a pair of climbing iron ladder and a meter reading jacket," said Ali.

The suspects did not however take plea as the resident magistrate Geoffrey Onsarigo deferred the case to Monday next week when they shall be allowed to take plea.

He ordered the suspects to pay Sh10,000 bond each or remain in custody.

They were taken back to the remand at Thika Police Station after they were unable to raise the bail amount as ordered.