Following the recent cases of power outages experienced in the country, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i has acted to protect a number of systems he termed as critical infrastructure.
In a special gazette notice seen by Kenyans.co.ke, Matiang'i deployed more government security officers to the stipulated sectors.
Topping the list of critical infrastructures include the telecommunication sector which involves the following: mobile communication, infrastructure systems, communication links, cellular network components, Mobile Internet Networks (communication Network links and components), domain and IP management systems and Data and Information Management systems.
The transport sector includes the Transport Integrated Management Systems (TIMS) from the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA), cargo management systems, air navigation systems, railway transport services, power transmission, petroleum transportation storage and distribution.
In the banking sector, systems supporting revenue management services, Itax system, electronic cargo tracking system, systems supporting the achievement of mandates of Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), systems supporting insurance services, systems supporting banking and saving services were gazetted as critical.
In order to secure users interacting with payment transaction services, Safaricom's M-Pesa, Airtel Money, Orange Money, Equitel among other systems would be accorded more security services.
The defence sector was not left behind as well as the National Security Services and the public environmental safety services.
The development comes as the recent power outage in January 2022, was experienced across the country- with Kenyans blaming Kenya Power for the blackout.
Kenya Power, however, issued a statement noting that a power line at Kiambere - Embakasi had collapsed.
"We have lost power supply due to collapsed towers at the Kiambere - Embakasi high voltage transmission power line at 10:45 am on Tuesday, January 11," the entity clarified.
Ten senior officials of Kenya Power including the General manager were apprehended and grilled on the blackout before they were released.