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8 hour nationwide blackout cause losses

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The country experienced a nationwide power outage on Saturday morning causing the few businesses operating losses.

In a statement, Kenya Power said, “We have lost power supply in the national grid due to a system disturbance which occurred on our transmission network at 5.49 am,”

Kenya Power said engineers identified a technical fault in a section of the main high voltage transmission power line that evacuates power to Nairobi from Olkaria power generation sites in Naivasha.

The fault

The fault according to the Kenya power company management occurred near Kiambu town.

“An electricity conductor came off the support insulators and clashed on the tower,” general manager Engineer Charles Mwaura revealed.

By afternoon, power was restored in most parts of the country.

Uganda also experienced power outage.

In a statement, the country’s main power distribution company – Umeme said there was emergency load shedding from Saturday to Monday, 9am-5pm in Nalubale, Kiira, Bujagali and Isimba.