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Kenya Power’s cruel joke is no joke at all

PETER KIMANI
By Peter Kimani | January 14th 2022

High voltage transmission powerline that fell with three others near a railway station line in Imara Daima causing power outage on January 11, 2021 [David Gichuru, Standard]

I’m no longer angry at Kenya Power.

I mean, it makes no sense to be angry at someone who doesn’t have the capacity to comprehend right from wrong. If such an egregious crime as plunging the entire country into a blackout did not cost anyone their job—and here I’m talking of top dogs—from ministry honchos, downwards—then we haven’t learnt a thing.

It should be a matter of national embarrassment that in a country so abundantly blessed with sunshine most of the year, we are so desperately dependent on hydro power, when cleaner, cheaper and renewable energy is available.

I suppose solar infrastructure seals loopholes in the supply chain—there will be no poles to fabricate and tenders to inflate, as panels last a lifetime—so that route is not attractive to government agencies.

If the umbrage from the day-long outage will not yield much, it will definitely cost Kenya Power quite a few customers migrating to solar energy.

This so-called ISO-certified company has rightly become the butt of online banter, the most dominant being that this week’s nationwide outage was a measure to protest Prezzo UK’s downward review of power prices. I don’t think that’s a joke; it could be true.

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