Lights went out and lit up Kenyans on social media

Lights went out and lit up Kenyans on social media

A major power outage hit the country on Tuesday evening and while most parts of the country were plunged into darkness it was all lit up on social media.

As usual, Kenyans on Twitter went into overdrive lamenting and making fun of the blackout that came on a day when the power distributor was welcoming a new chairman, Engineer Mahboub Maalim Mohamed.

Business in most parts of country was abysmally disrupted for hours by the massive power cut that affected Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Kiambu, Bomet, Embu,Kisii, Laikipia, Narok, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Meru, Taita Taveta, Tharaka-Nithi and Uasin Gishu counties.

It is a curious coincidence that last year on the same date, most parts of the country were enveloped in darkness after a widespread power cut hit Nairobi, Mount Kenya and Coast regions, equally disrupting businesses.

In a statement to newsrooms, Kenya Power last evening said a “power system disturbance” caused the outage, adding that its engineers were battling to identify the fault and restore power supply as quickly as possible.

An interesting ironical fact is that, Germany was forced to pay its consumers to use electricity over the holidays due to excess power attributed to increase in power generation by the windmills as a result of unseasonably warm weather and strong breezes.

Here are some of the reactions to the power outage.

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