Kenya Power said they had restored power but many still in darkness wonder, 'where?'

Kenya Power said they had restored power but many still in darkness wonder, 'where?'

A file image of technicians working on a KPLC transformer

  • “The lights just went off again today along Gitanga road Lavington,” Oluoch Gerald Tweeted. 
  • Some sections of Langata  as well as Imara Daima and Syokimau were also without power with residents urging the power company to expedite the restoration. 

A day after a crippling blackout sent the entire country into untold darkness, power in certain areas of the country is still yet to be restored. 

This comes even with the Kenya Power and Lightning Company saying that power had been restored in many parts of the country, or the efforts to, were underway. 

In a follow up statement on Tuesday night, the KPLC reported a ‘sustained fault’ on the 220kV Suswa Embakasi line that resulted in an outage that affected the Nairobi CBD, Embakasi, Kilimani, Hurlingham, Syokimau, Athi River, Kitengela, Mlolongo and adjacent areas. 

“Kenya power technical teams are working jointly with out counterparts at KETRACO to locate the fault, rectify and restore supply as soon as possible,” KPLC Tweeted a stament. 

But by Wednesday morning, Kenyans in their droves were still messaging the KPLC on Twitter. 

“I don’t understand what that press release means. We have been in darkness in Nkoroi since yesterday up to now yet the statement is saying power supply has been restored to all parts of the country,” Tweeted Edward Ronoh. 

“The lights just went off again today along Gitanga road Lavington,” Oluoch Gerald Tweeted. 

Some sections of Langata  as well as Imara Daima and Syokimau were also without power with residents urging the power company to expedite the restoration. 

“Njaaaanuary vile fridge iko na stock ya githeri!so what do I do, na ita ganda?” Alex Thairu tweeted. 

Other parts that are still yet to get supply back include Kiserian and  Rongai as per the complaints by customers on Twitter. 

A good number of customers lamented that their refrigerated January stockpiles were about go bad and seriously head-butt their already stretched post-Christmas budget. 

“Mmetutesa Sana aki. Preparing for work in the dark is very difficult. Food is spoiling in our fridges what a waste and of all times in Njaanuary,” Liz Njeri tweeted. 

In May 2020, Kenya experienced a similar nationwide outage after a section of a high voltage power line that transmits power to Nairobi from the Olkaria geothermal power plants, some 75 km (45 miles) from Nairobi, broke.


In late December, a section of another transmission line known as Loyaingalani-Suswa, collapsed, knocking out some power supply and leading to power rationing in parts of the country while it was being repaired.

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