Kenya Power managers blame cartel for the massive blackout

A collapsed pylon that led to massive power blackouts across the country

While KPLC technicians traced the cause of the massive blackout to the collapsed pylon and at the Embakasi Pipeline sub-station, they were however not ruling out “sabotage” since there were no heavy rains or strong winds on the particular day that could have contributed to the collapse of the pylon

By Our Investigative Team

A section of the top managers at Kenya Power and Lighting who spoke to The Weekly Vision on condition they are not named have blamed a faceless powerful cartel for the lockout that hit the country last week. The suspected sabotage involved a collapsed pylon on a single high-voltage transmission line that led to a prolonged blackout that rocked the whole country, the cartel has been making millions of shilling in illegal power connections.

The blackout came just days after a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta was issued on the lowering of the cost of power to be slashed to 15 per cent. The president gave the directive during the December 12 Jamhuri day celebrations. The directive is said to have not been well received by the cartel most of whom are domiciled within KPLC; they are alleged to have been involved in “illegal billings” and illegal power connections pocketing millions of shillings.

The power monopoly company has come under fire by no less a person than President Kenyatta who has wondered why the company keeps reporting losses when it is the sole power distributor

While KPLC technicians traced the cause of the massive blackout to the collapsed pylon and at the Embakasi Pipeline sub-station, they were however not ruling out “sabotage” since there were no heavy rains or strong winds on the particular day that could have contributed to the collapse of the pylon. The source said the alleged collapse of the pylon and “technical hitch”  that followed continues to baffle power experts who now argue that some “powerful” people unhappy at the sudden loss of income may have been behind the sabotage.  

Power consumers are demanding that Kenya power compensate them for lost businesses especially food in fridges, drugs and hospital equipment went off with some fatalities even reported. Hair salons, barbers, cyber cafes, and car garages all recorded massive losses from the blackout that lasted four hours. Some areas in Nairobi like Kasarani and Zimmerman were still without power by the time of going to press.

The power monopoly company has come under fire by no less a person than President Kenyatta who has wondered why the company keeps reporting losses when it is the sole power distributor. Since the days of long-serving CEO Samuel Gichuru who faces money laundering charges in Jersey, Kenya Power has been nothing but a cash cow for state bureaucrats.

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