Kenya suffered nationwide blackout, Saturday morning following a technical hitch experienced in the nation’s main power supply line. Kenya Power said the nationwide blackout occurred at 5.34 a.m. Kenya Power had said in a statement:
“This morning at 5.34am, we experienced a technical hitch led to the tripping of our main supply line – Olkaria Nairobi 220KV leading to a power outage in most parts of the country.”
The State Corporation on its Twitter account had said: “There is no time frame. Our team is yet to establish the cause of the outage but we assure you it will be rectified.”
At about 10 a.m Kenya Power, however, announced that power had been restored in North Rift, Western, South Nyanza, Mt. Kenya, Central Kenya and also in some Nairobi and Coast. Adding that it is working to restore supply in other regions.
“We are glad to inform the public that power supply to the following areas has been restored: North Rift, west Kenya, South Nyanza, Kisii, Mt Kenya and parts of Central Rift.”
It was also gathered that flights were hampered at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) following the outage.
A flight to Eldoret scheduled to depart at 6.30 a.m was delayed and left 7.20 a.m, as generators meant to automatically provide power in case of a black out failed, further affecting operations at JKIA. Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) said:
“Our generators which are meant to automatically provide alternative power failed. We manually rectified the problem.”
Meanwhile, Kenyans took to the social media to express their disappointment and inconveniences caused by the early morning outage, describing the power suppliers as ‘incompetent’.
Some people made light of the issue, others called for the head of the company, Ben Chumo to be removed. Others mocked the prospect of Kenya Power being an internet provider. Many others said it was time for the monopoly enjoyed by Kenya Power to end.