Kenya and Uganda hit by power blackout


Kenya and Uganda hit by power blackout
FILE PHOTO: A high voltage electrical pylon stands on the outskirts of Kenya's capital Nairobi, March 14, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

Kenya and Uganda were hit by a power blackout on Saturday over what Kenya Power termed as a system disturbance in the transmission grid.

The neighbouring countries’ grids are interconnected.

Kenya Power said power went off at 5:49 a.m.

“Our engineers are working to identify and address the hitch, towards restoring normal electricity supply,” it said in a statement.

Kenya Power gave no more details on the system disturbance.

Uganda also suffered a nationwide blackout, Uganda Electricity Transmission Co. Ltd said on its Twitter account.

Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited, Umeme, said: “We have lost transmission across the nation which has caused a nationwide blackout, please bear with us as we investigate the cause and work on restoration.”

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