While power blackouts are a common thing in Kenya, it is not common for the blackout to be nationwide, and it is even rare for it to be caused by a marauding monkey.
Yes, that’s right! The Tuesday nationwide power blackout in Kenya that began at 11:29 AM was the work of a cheeky monkey with too much curiosity for its own good. I guess monkeys have never heard of curiosity killed the cat because they are wild and rogue.
KenGen, the largest electricity power producer in Kenya, said in a statement that a monkey fell on a transformer in one of its power production plants; the Gitaru hydroelectric power station. This resulted in the transformer tripping and the loss of 180 megawatts of energy followed by a nationwide power blackout across the country.
In their Facebook Page, KenGen explains: “At 1129 hours this morning, a monkey climbed on the roof of Gitaru Power Station and dropped onto a transformer tripping it. This caused other machines at the power station to trip on overload resulting in a loss of more than 180MW from this plant which …read more