Businesses Record Heavy Losses Due To Constant Power Outrages in Nairobi

The collapsed transmission line

Alarmed city business owners are crying foul claiming heavy losses. It’s not clear what’s happening and Kenya Power remains mum. Last month the whole country was plunged into darkness after a high voltage transmission power line collapsed in Embakasi

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenyans are back to the frequent unexplained power blackouts which have been described as economic sabotage by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Since the 10 senior Kenya Power managers were freed on cash bail, the country has slipped back to outages that go on for hours.

Alarmed city business owners are crying foul claiming heavy losses. It’s not clear what’s happening and Kenya Power remains mum. Last month the whole country was plunged into darkness after a high voltage transmission power line collapsed in Embakasi.

A furious President Kenyatta termed it “economic sabotage” and ordered DCI detectives to arrest those suspected to be responsible. The President said people should be held to account for “sabotaging” the economy and denying Kenyans critical essential services.

But strangely the office of the DPP has yet to formally charge anyone as the Kenya Power Managers arrested earlier were released without any charges being preferred against them despite being locked in for 10 days. DCI appeared to backtrack saying investigations were ongoing as no evidence had been found linking the managers to the blackout.

This has triggered confusion and doublespeak from authorities with interior CS Fred Matiangi holding a multi-sectoral meeting and beefing up security at key power installations.

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