Reason Behind Kenya Power Black Out

  • File image of Kenya Power electricians at work
    File image of Kenya Power electricians at work
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  • Update: 12.15 p.m. Power supply restored in Nairobi CBD after a nationwide blackout that Kenya Power says was caused by a technical fault on their tower near Kiambu Town.

    11:30 a.m. Kenya Power engineers are on site repairing Tower 26 to restore normal electricity supply. Uganda was also affected by the power outage. 


    Kenyans experienced a power outage following a statement released by Kenya Power dated Saturday, May 9, 2020.

    "We have lost power supply in the national grid due to a system disturbance which occurred on our transmission network at 5:49 a.m this morning,

    "Our engineers are working to identify and address the hitch, towards restoring normal electricity supply," the statement read in part, further apologising for the inconvenience caused.

    Kenya Power and Lighting Company engineers load a transformer into a lorry.
    Kenya Power and Lighting Company engineers load a transformer into a lorry.
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    Members of the public have been asked to remain calm as the company works to restore normalcy, and an update will be issued in due course.

    Kenya Power had earlier notified of an expected outage in Kisii county on May 9, areas around; Kenya Power Depot, Daraja Mbili Secondary School, Cereals Board, Ouru Stores, Industrial Area, Denmark Petrol Station and adjacent areas.

    However, Kenyans raised concerns that they had not received notice for the interruption, and had to wake up to no electricity.

    "Please advise why we do not have power within Kathpat area Kiambu County and how long it's going to be. It doesn't look like disruption was scheduled," Jeff Magu argued.

    Responses posted to Kenya Power's social media pages revealed that many Kenyans have in the course of the week decried massive power outages across various parts of the country.

    A section of irate members of the public alleged that the power outages had become an impediment to them working from home and to medical facilities. 

    "Good morning, please note that we have a blackout at Aga Khan Hospital Outering road," Regina Parasi appealed.

    "Zimmerman is not listed as part of areas which will be affected by today's outage surprisingly we do not have power. What is the problem? Move with speed and fix the issue. We are working home and we need power!" Kirui dan decried.

    "Hey Kenya Power can you kindly bring back the electricity at Kajiado Central," Peter  Ngugi added.

    Kenya Power workers repair a transformer on the Meru-Makutano road on March 28, 2016.
    Kenya Power workers repair a transformer on the Meru-Makutano road on March 28, 2016.
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