Vandalism is responsible for power blackout in Kenya

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The frequent power blackout experienced in Kenya has been linked to vandalism.

Speaking in Eldoret, a town in Rift Valley, Northern Rift Kenya Power regional manager Kipkemoi Kibias said at least seven transformers have been vandalized in the western region.

According to Mr Kibias, another contributing factor is illegal connections by people masquerading as Kenya power staff.

He noted illegal connections are risking people lives and as a result, some people have lost their lives due to such connections.

“It is a national disaster, I urge the public to report such people. It is better to use a lantern than have an illegal connection,” said Mr Kibias.

Early this week, the country was hit by a nationwide power outage that brought activities to a standstill for a significant number of hours.

In a statement, Kenya Power (KPLC) said the outage was occasioned by the collapse of the Kiambere -Embakasi high voltage transmission power line in Nairobi.

The firm’s engineers responded immediately and restored the power.

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