The blackout hit parts of Nairobi, Mount Kenya, Nyanza, Western, Rift Valley and Coast regions.
”A technical hitch emanating from our transmission system has led to the loss of electricity to parts of the country this evening,” Kenya Power’s statement read in part.
But what is interesting is that exactly a year ago, the country experienced a power outage only this time a technical fault had hit its Ndenderu Nairobi North Substation.
”We regret any inconvenience caused by the outage,” Kenya Power General Manager for Network Management Daniel Tare said.
The hitch, the company said, cut off electricity supply from the Olkaria geothermal fields.
In June 2017, a monkey caused a countrywide blackout after it climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru power station and dropped onto a transformer, tripping it.
Uganda was also in darkness last night ‘because of the interconnection with the Kenyan grid.’
Kenyans online poked fun at the outage and here are some of the hilarious posts:
The last time this happened, Kenya Power blamed it on a monkey. This afternoon, I met a monkey walking around with intent. pic.twitter.com/2T6ISHcQYi
— Oliver Mathenge (@OliverMathenge) January 9, 2018
Those working at kenya power to marry those working at NTSA, disappointments on one side! pic.twitter.com/Wfxtuz02tM
— Joe Macha (@SirJoe_254) January 9, 2018
Haven't laughed so hard in a while… Kenya Power technicians are on it! pic.twitter.com/URpU4ZNd3X
— Wanjikũ Revolution™ (@WanjikuRevolt) January 9, 2018
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