On March 15, 2023, Kenya Power announced that scheduled maintenance work would cause a blackout in several parts of Nairobi and surrounding counties. The outage is expected to last from 9 am to 5 pm and will affect various areas, including parts of Kasarani and Mwiki, Westlands, Road B and Villa Franca in Nairobi, Mashuhuru, Kajiado, and Sajiloni in Kajiado County, Kiaora and Mirimani in Kiambu County, Githunguri, and adjacent areas. Other areas to be affected include Waiyaki Way, Brookside Groove, Safaricom Headquarters, and Delta Office Suites.
In a statement, Kenya Power confirmed that the blackout is necessary to allow maintenance work to be carried out on the country’s electricity distribution infrastructure. The announcement comes just a week after the country experienced a nationwide power blackout caused by a system disturbance.
While the scheduled maintenance work is essential, it will likely cause significant disruption to businesses and households in the affected areas. Kenya Power has, however, assured its customers that it is working to restore normalcy as soon as possible.
Kenya Power is the country’s sole electricity distributor, and the bulk of its power comes from Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen). Despite the inconvenience caused by the blackout, scheduled maintenance work is crucial to ensure that the country’s electricity distribution infrastructure is in good working condition.