Kenya, Uganda Suffer Nationwide Power Outages


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The East African nations of Kenya and Uganda were on Saturday plunged into nationwide electricity outages.

The Kenya Power and Lighting Company said that the country lost power supply in the National Grid due to a system disturbance which occurred on the transmission network.

According to the company, the blackout began at 5.49 a.m (0249 GMT).

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“Engineers had identified a technical fault at a section of the main high voltage transmission power line that services the capital Nairobi.

“The fault on the critical line led to the overloading of other power generators countrywide and is suspected to have caused the nationwide blackout,“it said.

In neighbouring Uganda, the national electricity provider also announced a countrywide power failure on Saturday.

The Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Ltd. (UETCL), the team was working to have the power supply restored as soon as possible.

It, however, remained unclear on Saturday morning if the two blackouts were connected.

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