Electricity supplies were cut off in most parts of Kenya after a technical fault on a major supply line, the east African country’s power distributor, Kenya Power, said on Saturday.
“We experienced a technical challenge that led to tripping of our main supply line … consequently leading to a power outage in most parts of the country,” Kenya Power said.
Blackouts are common in Kenya, partly because of an aging energy network and insufficient generation capacity.
Many businesses in Nairobi and other big towns operate back-up generators.
The company said the supply line that was tripped ran from Olkaria, an area in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley region, and the capital Nairobi. It did not provide further details.