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Kenya and Uganda experience countrywide power outage

By Brian Okoth On Sat, 9 May, 2020 10:49 | < 1 min read
Kenya Power supplies electricity to businesses and households in the country. [PHOTO | FILE]
Kenya Power supplies electricity to businesses and households in the country. [PHOTO | FILE]

Kenya Power announced Saturday morning (May 9) that the entire country was plunged into darkness at 5:49am following “a system disturbance which occurred on our transmission network”.

“Our engineers are working to identify and address the hitch (sic), towards restoring normal electricity supply,” said Kenya Power in a press release.

“We wish to apologise to our customers for the inconvenient caused.”

In what appears to be a strange coincidence, neighbouring country Uganda’s national electricity supplier, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL), announced a nationwide outage on Saturday.

“The UETCL team is working to have power supply restored,” said the firm in a press release.

In a separate press statement, the Ugandan power supplier said on Friday, May 8, that parts of the country will experience interruption of electricity supply on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 9am to 5pm.

UETCL said the outage will be due to “emergency load shedding to allow the generation plants at Nalubale, Kiira, Bujagali and isumba undergo critical water release tests”.

However, on Saturday, May 9, one of their mentioned dates, the entire country was thrown into darkness despite UETCL assuring users that only certain parts of Uganda will be affected.

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