Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

top
Capital News
A high voltage transmission line on the Kiambere-Embasi collapsed on January 11, 2021 causing a major power outage countrywide.

Top stories

Kenya Power top officials under DCI radar over sabotage that caused countrywide outage

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 14 – Five senior officials from Kenya Power are under investigation for sabotaging electricity supply that affected the whole country earlier this week.

DCI Director George Kinoti says those under investigation are senior officials charged with the responsibility of securing high voltage lines and transmission from the national grid.

So far, investigations have shown that the basement of the Angle towers of Kenya Power’s High voltage power lines in Embakasi had been vandalized and the cross beams removed/unbolted, leading to the collapse that caused a major outage.

The officials who include the Chief Engineer, Network Management officials and Chief Security Officer were picked up for interrogation and freed last night and will be going back to DCI this morning.

“Preliminary investigations and Interrogations of Kenya power personnel at the scene revealed that the basement of the Angle Towers of Kenya Power High voltage power lines had been vandalized and the cross beams removed/unbolted,” Kinoti said.

Investigations have shown that since the Angle Towers had been vandalised and bracings (tower members) they could not support the weight of the conductors which are very heavy and the tower itself.

“The team also established that the Angle towers caved in, the other towers failed to sustain the weight and also caved in,” he said citing a preliminary report from his detectives.

Power went off countrywide for the better part of Tuesday when four towers collapsed in Embakasi but it was later restored several hours later.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Comments
Advertisement

More on Capital News

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 26 – Six senior staff at the Kenya Power Company have been freed due to lack of evidence linking them to...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 21 – Kenya Power says plans are in top gear to have the country move into an all-electric vehicle space. The...

NATIONAL NEWS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 21 – Energy Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma has exuded confidence that the ongoing reforms to reduce the cost of electricity in...

County News

NAIROBI, Kenya Jan 21 – Energy Principal Secretary Gordon Kihalangwa says power stations and some power lines will be designated as restricted areas in...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19 – Nine Kenya Power managers will now be detained for eight days to allow police complete their investigations over alleged...

County News

Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 19 – Ten Kenya Power managers have been arrested for alleged sabotage following last week’s national blackout. According to the Director...

ENERGY REFORMS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13- Energy Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma Thursday said that recent power outages underscore the urgency to implement reforms for a stable...

Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, Jan 11- Kenya Power says electricity has been restored in all parts of the country except Garissa, Mwingi and Kitui ending the...