Kenya Power Issues Update on Nationwide Power Outage

Kenya Power staff at work
Kenya Power staff attending to a transformer during a past maintenance exercise in Nairobi County.
Kenya Power

UPDATE 12:09 PM: Kenya Power has announced the return of normal power supply in 26 counties including Samburu, Kisumu, Vihiga, Kakamega, Siaya, Busia and Kisii counties.

Other counties where power has been restored are Kiambu, Nyeri, Meru, Murang'a Embu, Isiolo, Nanyuki, Nakuru, Kericho, Bomet, Nyandarua, Migori, Uasin Gishu, Nandi, Kitale, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Machakos and Makueni.

Parts of Nairobi have also seen power restored even as Kenya Power technicians work to address the power outage.

A photo of a departure terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta Internation Airport (JKIA) taken on May 16, 2020.
A photo of a departure terminal at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) taken on May 16, 2020.

Kenya Power has commenced the restoration of power in some parts of the country following a nationwide power outage that started on Friday, August 24, at 9 pm.

On Saturday morning, the utility firm confirmed that it restored power in the Mt Kenya region hours after the system failure occurred. 

Areas within the Nairobi Metropolitan considered crucial to the country's operations, also saw their power restored on Saturday morning.

Kenya Power added that its teams moved quickly to power up critical infrastructure such as airports and hospitals.

Kenyans were asked to be patient even as its technicians across the country worked around the clock to restore their services to normalcy.

According to Kenya Power, the countrywide power outage was caused by a fault in one of its production plants.

However, the specific station that witnessed the fault and the specific cause of the fault was yet to be established.

"Our teams are working to restore electricity to all areas across the country that were affected by the outage. We apologise to our customers for the inconvenience caused and thank them all for their patience," read the statement in part.

"We are working in collaboration with teams from all involved sector partners to facilitate speedy restoration of power supply in the shortest time possible."

The nationwide power outage majorly affected Western Kenya, Rift Valley, Mt Kenya regions, and the Nairobi Metropolis. 

It stalled economic activity in parts of the country, with many Kenyans relying on the national utility firm for the supply of power in their homes and businesses.

Some institutions also experienced system failure with their backup generators, resulting in further delays in the delivery of services. Among those affected were Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). 

However, the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) confirmed that operations had been restored at the facility. 

Kenya Power building in Nairobi CBD.
Kenya Power building in Nairobi CBD.
Kenya Power