Vandals destroy high-voltage underground cable in Nairobi

Power supply in parts of Nairobi was interrupted early this morning after a section of high-voltage underground cable that provides electricity to the City Centre and its environs was vandalised last night.

The critical power cable (220kv), which evacuates bulk power supply from Embakasi Substation to the City Centre, was vandalised near Langata Estate.

Areas affected by the service disruption include parts of the Central Business District, Gikomba, Lavington, Upper Hill, Kileleshwa, Muthurwa, Kilimani and sections of Waiyaki Way, Industrial Area, Jogoo Road, and Likoni Road.

“The Company has managed to restore power to most areas using alternative lines but electricity supply remains unstable due to capacity challenges,” said the utility’s General Manager, Network Management, Eng. Charles Mwaura.

Eng. Mwaura said the Company is working towards restoring normal power supply as soon as possible.