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Kenya suffers national power outage

Power went off at 5:34 am.

Power went off at 5:34 am.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 6- A major power outage hit the country on Saturday, disrupting operations in all sectors for more than 5 hours.

The Kenya Power said the outage was caused by a technical hitch that tripped the main Olkaria Nairobi supply line that loads 220KV.

“Our technical teams are working to normalize the situation and restore supply in the shortest time possible,” a statement from the power firm said. Power went off at 5:34 am.

A spot check by Capital FM News indicated that most parts of the city were affected including key installations like the airport, hospitals and manufacturing companies.

This comes after the Company assured the country during a Statehouse energy summit that all measures have been put in place to curb a re-occurrence of such in future.

Recently, the entire country experienced a similar scenario after a monkey caused a 3-hour blackout.

The monkey, according to Kenya Electricity Generation Company, climbed into the roof of the Gitaru Power station and fell into a transformer, tripping it.

The company said this caused other machines in the station to trip, resulting in the loss of 180MW from the plant, triggering a national blackout.

Kenyans on social media have expressed their frustrations over the continued trend of outages with some urging the Government to end the Kenya Power monopoly in providing power.

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The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) said its automatic generators failed to pick after the power outage, thus affecting several operations.

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