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KPLC Explains Electricity Disconnection at Coast Referral Hospital After Uproar

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  • Kenya Power on Friday, March 10, clarified that it did not disconnect the electricity supply to the Coast General Teaching and Referral Hospital on March 7. 

    In a statement, the power utility firm explained that the power outage at the facility was occasioned by a technical hitch affecting the lines supplying electricity to the area.

    Kenya Power added that a team of technicians was deployed to the area to restore the electricity supply. However, their vehicles were impounded by the Mombasa County officials.

    This caused delays with the company noting that the power was restored at 7:15 pm on the same day.

     A photo collage of Kenya Power vehicles impounded by Mombasa County officials on March 7, 2023.

    A photo collage of Kenya Power vehicles impounded by Mombasa County officials on March 7, 2023.

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    "On Tuesday, March 7, a line supplying power to the Coast General Hospital and its environs tripped and upon restoration, the hospital remained without supply because of faulty equipment that resulted from a flashover on the unit supplying electricity to the hospital.

    "This situation was not rectified immediately, as our team could not access the site because the Mombasa County officials impounded our vehicles following the disconnections that had been done on Monday," read the statement in part. 

    On the other hand, Kenya Power indicated that it disconnected the electricity supply to the county government offices on Monday, March 6 over pending bills of Ksh120 million.

    According to KPLC, the disconnection may have led to a stalemate between county officials and itself.

    "Kenya Power regrets this incident and takes this opportunity to apologise to the hospital for any inconvenience caused. 

    "At the same time, the Company wishes to reiterate that the protection of life, in whatever form is our top priority," read the statement in part.

    The power outage at the referral hospital saw the utility firm come under sharp criticism given the number of patients that were affected by the technical hitch.

    Videos of the stalemate between the electricity technicians and the county officials were also shared online causing more uproar among Kenyans.

    President William Ruto hosts Governor Abdulswamad Sheriff at State House Mombasa on Saturday, December 31, 2023.

    President William Ruto hosts Governor Abdulswamad Sheriff at State House Mombasa on Saturday, December 31, 2023.

    William Ruto

Source : Kenyans.co.ke

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