Power restored in some parts of Kenya after major outage

A utility pole supporting wires for electricity distribution is seen in Nairobi, Kenya, November 11, 2015. REUTERS/Siegfried Modola
A utility pole supporting wires for electricity distribution is seen in Nairobi, Kenya, November 11, 2015. REUTERS

Electricity has been restored in some parts of Kenya’s capital Nairobi and its central, western and coastal regions early on Wednesday after a major power blackout the previous day.

There were also reported power outages in neighbouring Uganda and Rwanda.

A transmission system problem had caused the widespread outages on Tuesday evening, Kenya Power said in an earlier statement.

The areas affected included parts of Nairobi, Mount Kenya, Nyanza, Western, Rift Valley and Coast regions, according to the company.

It said on Twitter overnight that power had been restored in parts of the country, though on Twitter people still reported outages in some neighborhoods.

The company is the country’s sole electricity distributor and the bulk of its power comes from Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen).

While the frequency and severity of outages in Kenya has fallen over the years, many firms still run stand-by generators to cope with any interruptions.