Electricity supply has been restored in most parts of Kenya including the Kenyatta International Airport after 14 hours outage which halted economic activities in the East African nation, Kenya Power said in a statement on Saturday morning.
It was not clear what caused the power outage that hit the country on Friday but a statement from Kenya Power at about 10p.m blamed the situation on ‘system disturbance’ leading to loss of bulk power.
Shortly after midnight, it reported that power had been restored to the Mt. Kenya region, a longtime political stronghold, and added that initial reports indicated a fault in a generation plant.
Around 3 a.m., Kenya Power said electricity was back up at the international airport in the capital, Nairobi, and other “critical areas” in the capital region.
In a statement on Saturday Kenya Power wrote “we have restored power supply to most parts of the country including Kiambu, Nyere, Meru,Murang’a , Embu, Isiolo, Nanyuki, Nakuru, Kericho, Bomet, Nyandarua, Samburu, Kisumi, Vihigo, Kakamega, Siaya, Busia, Migori, Uasin, Kisii, Gishu, Nandi, Kitale, Elgeyo, Marakwet, West Pokot, Makachos, Makueni and parts of Nairobi.
The company assured that it is working to restore power supply to remaining areas affected by the outage.
Commenting on the issue, Transport Minister Kipchumba Murkomen said “I am really sorry for what has happened,” Transport Minister said in a statement close to midnight.
“There is no excuse worth reporting and there is no reason why our airport is in darkness.”
The Kenya Airports Authority said last night that a generator serving the main terminal had failed to start after the national power outage.