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Kenyan Government Deploys Police Over Nationwide Blackout

Kenyan Government Deploys Police Over Nationwide Blackout

The Kenyan government has deployed over 300 police officers to control the population amidst a nationwide power outage.

Benson Mwakina, the director of renewable energy at the Ministry of Energy confirmed that the level of security at energy infrastructure had been increased.

“Right now, we have an energy sector police unit taking care of the infrastructure,” Mwakina stated on Friday, November 4.

Furthermore, he explained that every county commissioner would personally take part in looking after the infrastructure.

“We have a team in the Ministry of Energy based at Kawi House headquarters headed by a commissioner of police. He is the one coordinating about 350 officers countrywide to ensure that our installations are safe,” the director affirmed.

The directive took effect after a blackout experienced by the country in parts of Nairobi, Mombasa, Nakuru, and Busia, among others.

Through a statement, Kenya Power explained that it experienced a technical glitch and had begun works to resolve the matter. In January 2022, authorities blamed an unexpected power outage on a system disturbance.

Three Kenya Power senior managers were charged with sabotage and negligence of duty thereafter. They also faced accusations of failing to take action and repair failures to a critical power tower. 

Due to the outages, former president Uhuru Kenyatta barred scrap metal trading. He further ordered the arrest and arraignment of persons accused of vandalizing critical development infrastructure.

“Electricity vandalism translates to economic sabotage as damage to critical infrastructures can affect the country’s operations,” Uhuru stated, ordering suspects to be charged with treason.

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