Kenya, Uganda suffer national power outage
London, May 9, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Kenya and Uganda on Saturday morning experienced a national power blackout almost at the same time which lasted more than seven hours
Confirming the power blackout, Uganda’s main electricity distribution company, Umeme Limited confirmed the outage in an alert on its social media pages.
“We have been advised by our supplier, Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited (UETCL) of a nationwide outage,” part of the Power outage alert read.
“The UETCL Team is working to have the power supply restored. We shall keep you updated on progress,” added the alert issued on Saturday morning.
The power company warned that it might resort to a three-day 9am – 5pm load shedding routine starting Sunday to allow for ‘water release tests.’
This comes barely a fortnight after Uganda’s Water and Environment Ministry revealed that Lake Victoria’s water levels had surged to their highest level in more than half a century posing a threat to the country’s hydropower plants
On its part, Kenya Power said power supply was lost due to a system disturbance which occurred on its transmission network at 5.49am on Saturday.
“Kenya Power engineers have identified a technical fault at a section of the main high voltage transmission power line that evacuates power to Nairobi from Olkaria power generation site in Naivasha.
“An electricity conductor came off the support insulators and clashed on the tower, ” said Eng. Charles Mwaura, General Manager Network Management.
In January 2018, both countries suffered major blackouts due to what they said were system disturbances.
As at the time of this report, Kenya has managed to restore power to most of its cities except the coastal cities of Malindi and Lamu
“Kenya Power has managed to restore power supply to most parts of the country.
This include all major cities and towns such as Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru, Naivasha, Kisii, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Thika, Garissa, Nyeri and Kericho.
However, the coastal cities of Malindi and Lamu remain without electricity.
Our technical teams are making every effort to restore normalcy as soon as possible.
Another update on restoration progress will be issued later today”