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No. It wasn’t a monkey!…Kenya power explains power outage

A technical hitch on two major power supply lines for Nairobi, Rift Valley, Western Kenya, and South Nyanza was the cause of the power outage experienced last evening.

Kenya Power says the hitch has been rectified and normal supply of power fully restored. Following the momentarily outage, Kenyans took to social media to jest about it.

Interrupted by a Monkey

Most of the jokes made reference to an earlier explanation by the electricity distribution company that power supply had been interrupted by a monkey.

In June 2016, a nationwide power blackout was caused by a monkey, which fell onto a transformer at the Gitaru hydroelectric power station. The station is the largest generator in the country and is run by Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KENGEN).

“Lights are back,” wrote comedian Daniel Ndambuki on Twitter. “Nikama KPLC wamenyonga hio monkey.” (Apparently, KPLC have killed the monkey) Granted, “killing a monkey” has a whole new meaning in Kenyan street lingua.

Germany-based Kenyan scholar Dr Karugia Njenga also etched humour from the blackout.

Switch Off KPLC?

He evoked the rallying call of activist Jerotich Seii on Twitter, which goes as #SwitchOffKPLC.

Ms. Seii has been fighting KPLC’s monopolistic tendencies, which, she says, are disadvantaged towards power consumers. “Jerotich Seii has finally switched off KPLC,” wrote Dr Njenga.


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