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Kenya Power announces shut down of tokens purchase for 5 hours

By Freya Wanjiku September 9th, 2023 2 min read

If your pre-paid electricity token is running low you’d better top it up at the earliest opportunity to avoid being left in darkness for the better part of Saturday night.

This after the Kenya Power Company, the primary electricity provider, announced a scheduled shutdown of its prepaid vending system. Starting from 11:50 pm on Saturday and stretching until 5:00 am on Sunday. This temporary halt is in place to facilitate vital system maintenance.

“Our prepaid vending system will be temporarily unavailable due to essential maintenance from Saturday, September 9th, 2023 at 11:50 pm to Sunday, September 10th, 2023, at 5:00 am. During this time, customers will not be able to purchase electricity tokens via prepaid pay bill number 888880 or Airtel money,” Kenya Power said in a post on their social media pages.

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Late last month, there was a nationwide blackout that halted normal operations even at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen apologized for the situation at JKIA and promised to meet with the facility’s management on Saturday morning.

“I am really sorry for what has happened at JKIA with the blackout. There is no excuse worth reporting and there is no reason why our airport is in darkness,” Murkomen wrote on his official social media channels.

Murkomen would then announce the dismissal of Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director Alex Gitari amongst other changes in JKIA and Kisumu Airport.

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The power blackout that started at 10pm on Friday, August 25 was a result of system disturbance according to the utility firm.

“We are working in collaboration with teams from all involved sector partners to facilitate speedy restoration of power supply in the shortest time possible,” Kenya Power said in a statement.

By Saturday morning, it announced that the electricity supply had already been restored in the Mount Kenya region. However, the effects of the hours of lack of power were felt in hospitals, and businesses among other areas.

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