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Nairobi, several parts of the country to experience daylong power blackout

Several parts of the country, including Nairobi, will today experience a daylong power interruption.

In a post on social media, the Kenya Power Company said the counties affected will have interrupted power surges from 9am to 5pm. The company said the interruption is part of network maintenance.

Other than Nairobi, the power interruptions will also affect parts Vihiga, Migori, Homa Bay, Kiambu, Uasin Gishu and Makueni counties.

In Nairobi, the interruptions will be experienced in South C; Dafam, Amboseli Estate and College of Insurance. At the Joska Feeder; Ruai Shopping Centre, Ruai Police station, Ruai DC Offices, Githunguri estate, Quickmart supermarket, Mwamba estate, Block 10 estate, Kingoris estate, Kamulu town, Reflector estate, Patnet Steel and Brookshine School.

The Vicken Feeder area and North Impact feeder area, Utawala Eastern Bypass, Njiru, the whole of Kibiku and Sewage, Githunguri, and Eastern Bypass will also be affected.

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In Vihiga County, Sabatia eye hospital, Gaigedi, Mudungu, Vokhovole, Mago, Butiti, Chakombero, Chavogere, Authodox mission hospital, Vokoli, Busweta, Chamakanga, Busali, and adjacent customers won’t be having power.”

Similarly, parts of Homa Bay, including, Oriang, Nyaketch, Kowuor, Bongia, Kamolo, Oyombe, Wimagak, Adiedo, Oywer, Got Okiii, Achut and Otok, Simbi will experience the blackout.

In Migori, the blackout will be felt in Migori town, Jua Kali, Nyikendo, and Wouth Ogik. In Kiambu, Kiambaa, Kerwa, Muguga site and Gitangu water project will be affected while in Uasin Gishu the Tuiyebei market and Kipkeino area sewage will also be without electricity for the better part of the day.

In Makueni, Malivani, Makueni Boys and Girls, Mukumbuni, Kathonzweni market, Kavingoni, Syokilati, Ndauni, Muusini, Bosnia will be affected.

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In March, Kenya Power Company said electricity bills for nearly 6.3 million customers consuming less than 30 units a month would reduce by four per cent.

The company said following the approval of the new electricity rates by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra), the price per unit of power will fall from Sh21.99 to Sh21.16.

From April 1, customers who do not exit 30 units would buy 23.6 units of electricity at Sh500 from the current 22.7 units for the same amount.

“For example, a lifeline customer (‘Hustler’) consuming 1 unit per day ends up paying a total of Sh660 per month at the current (March) tariff rates. However, he/she will pay a reduced bill of Sh635 from April 2023,” Kenya Power said.

However, it would be more painful for domestic customers consuming between 30 and 100 units who will have the cost of electricity increased from the current Sh21.99 to Sh26.10 per unit.

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