Power restored in Kenya after hour-long nationwide power cut

Kenya Power officials said power has been restored to parts of the country affected by the nationwide blackout on Saturday and said they are working on bringing it back to the remaining areas, DW News reported.

“Preliminary reports indicate that the outage was caused by a fault on the Suswa-Loyanglani high-voltage power transmission line,” the power utility said in a statement.

The country’s sole power distributor said power had been restored in Eldoret, Kisumu and Nakuru, and reports said power was back on in at least one part of the capital, Nairobi.

The company purchases the bulk of its electricity from the Kenya Electricity Generating Company.

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DW News reported that although widespread blackouts are relatively common in East Africa’s largest economy, they generally do not affect the entire country of 53 million people.

Later that month, three senior managers of Kenya Power were charged with sabotage and negligence.

Similarly, in mid-February, there was a nationwide blackout in Kenya.

According to the power distributor, the affected areas experienced an 8-hour power cut due to planned routine network maintenance.

Areas affected by the planned routine network maintenance in Nairobi include South BS/Centre, Mariakani Estate, Kenol, Elimu Sacco, part of Golden Gate, Balozi Estate, Mater Hospital, Highway Secondary School, KIMC, and South B Police Station.

Additionally, areas in Gachrej were also affected including parts of Ruaka between Gachrej and Ndendu Junction, National Oil Ndenduru, Shell Ndenduru, Banana and surrounding areas.

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