Nairobi News


Power restored after widespread blackout blamed on ‘system disturbance’

Power supply has been restored in most parts of the country after a four-hour outage on Wednesday.

In a statement, Kenya Power confirmed normal service had resumed in parts of Mt. Kenya, Nairobi, and Coast.

The firm also announced it was working to reconnect other affected areas.

“We will provide another update on the restoration progress in subsequent communication,” the statement reads in part.

Kenya Power had earlier attributed the outage to ‘system disturbance’.

“We’re working, in collaboration with other sector players, to restore the power supply as soon as possible. An update on the restoration progress will be issued in due course.”

In Nairobi’s Central Business District (CBD) various businesses were affected by the outage with most turning to stand-by generators for electricity.

This is the fourth major power outage in as many years with most of them affecting most parts of the country.

In January 2022, the company said the outage on its grid happened after towers supporting a high-voltage power line linking Nairobi to the Kiambere hydroelectric dam collapsed.

The monopoly did not publicly disclose what caused the fall of the towers, but insiders said earlier indications pointed to possible vandalism of the installation based at Nairobi’s Imara Daima area.

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