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Kenya transport minister suspects sabotage in power outage

Author: Chany Ninrew | Published: Monday, December 11, 2023

Power outage. (-)

Kenya’s Transport Minister Kipchumba Murkomen has reportedly directed the country’s police force to investigate possible sabotage in the latest power outage on Sunday.

The whole country including the capital Nairobi plunged into darkness on Sunday at 17:00 GMT.

It is Kenya’s third countrywide blackout in the past four months, according to media reports.

The outage disrupted several services, including at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where two terminals were without power for several hours.

Transport Minister Murkomen has directed police to investigate the possibility that the recurrent power outages are a sabotage plot, following public outcry and call for answers.

“Considering the frequency of the power disruption and taking into account the fact that JKIA is a facility of strategic national importance, we are making a formal request to the National Police Service to investigate possible acts of sabotage and coverup,” he posted on X, previously known as Twitter.

According to BBC, Mr. Murkomen had pledged in August that a power outage at the airport would “not happen again”.

Local media reported that power had been restored to most of the country by noon on Monday, except for some parts of Nairobi and the coastal region.

BBC understands that Kenya has suffered several national power outages in recent months, including on 11 November, 25 August, 4 March and in November and December 2022.

 

 

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