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Nairobi, Kiambu counties to be hit by major blackout

Kenya Power on Sunday, January 7, 2023, made an announcement that some parts of Nairobi and Kiambu Counties will be affected by a blackout.

In a statement, the electricity provider said that the main line supplying power to Fedha Estate, Tel Aviv, Tassia, and some parts of Embakassi had been affected.

However, it said that already technicians and engineers had been deployed to restore power in the area.

“Supply line serving Kenyatta University Ruiru Campus, Twiga Estate, Murera Estate, Mugutha, Kariuki, General Service Unit (GSU) camp in Ruiru, Kimbo, Matangi, Murera, Toll Shopping Center and its environs is off and we are on it,” the electricity provider said in a statement published on its social media accounts.

Other areas within Kiambu County that have been affected by the power interruptions, according to Kenya Power, are Ndumbuini, Kanyariri, Kabete Vetlab, Uthiru, Kinoo, Kwa Mugo Njathaini, Uthiru 87, Gakobu and its environs.

The areas of Kwihota, Kihunguro, Murera, Ruiru, Gatongora, Kilimambogo, Kamakis, Mitike Da Ruiru, and Karuguru near Eden Academy and its environs.

On the night of Saturday, January 6, 2024, Kenya Power announced other areas within Kiambu that would be affected by the power interruptions.

They are Thika High School, Kiboko, Starehe Estate, Biafra, Munene Industries, Bishop Okoye, Kimathi, Pilot, Thika Cloth Mills, Safaricom Data Center, Booth Extrusion, Sintel Limited and adjacent customers.

Turkana County was also listed, and the specific areas that will be affected include Kalemngorok Town, Kalemngorok Dispensary, Katilu Center, Kaptir Center, Kakongu Trading Center, Kaputir Market, Safaricom Kokito Hills and Cemtech.

Others are Center Kwanza, Tapoyo Primary School, Cheptuyus Primary School, Tullow, Lokichar Health Center, Sarmarch, and adjacent customers.

Kenya Power has been making losses, and it recently announced that plans were underway to ensure that it phases out the use of postpaid meters in rural areas in the next three years.

This is aimed at eradicating power theft and additional costs that involve hiring meter readers, the utility company said.

While 2.1 million KPLC customers are connected through postpaid, 6.8 million are on prepaid.