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Solai residents demonstrate over power blackout

17 December 2013, 13:34 Wilshere

Nakuru - More than 300 residents from Kamukunji village in Solia Nakuru held a peaceful demonstration Monday afternoon over a power blackout that has lasted for five days.

The residents accused the Kenya Power of failing to rectify the problem despite receiving numerous reports from the residents.

According to a local resident who spoke with the media, Paul Kamau said that most of their businesses have widely been affected by the ongoing power blackout.    

“We have incurred heavy losses since we cannot operate barbershops, posho mills and mobile phone charging businesses without electricity,” he said.

Kamau pointed out that the power blackout has now exposed them to criminals who take advantage of the darkness to prey on innocent members of the public.

 He said that that Kenya Power has been promising to restore power but so far nothing has been done yet.

“At the moment, we are very scared because criminals might take advantage of the situation to rob us,” he said.

The residents called on the County Governor, Kinuthia Mbugua, to intervene and help them solve the matter.    

The power blackout problem has also affected residents of the neighboring Murram and Kisanana farms.

However, a senior Kenya Power officer who spoke with the media on condition of anonymity said that the matter had been reported to them but they could not act immediately.

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