The Cabinet Secretary for Transport and Roads, Kipchumba Murkomen, has officially requested the National Police Service (NPS) to investigate what he describes as ‘potential acts of sabotage and concealment.’
This follows the power outage at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on Sunday evening, caused by a nationwide power failure.
The blackout, the third occurrence in three months, impacted critical infrastructure, including JKIA, where backup generators failed to activate, as reported by the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).
In response to widespread concerns and criticisms from the majority of Kenyans, CS Murkomen took to X (formerly Twitter) to announce ongoing efforts to restore power at the international airport.
“Changeover to the standby generators ensured power was immediately restored to most parts of JKIA. Regrettably, supply did not immediately resume at terminals 1A and 1E,” he wrote on Sunday night.
He additionally mentioned that he headed a team that included Transport Principal Secretary (PS) Mohamed Daghar, KAA Chairman Caleb Kositany, and Managing Director Henry Ogoye, along with other KAA officials, to evaluate the situation at JKIA.
Murkomen also suggested that the frequent power disruptions should be a cause for concern, recommending an investigation into the issue and the apprehension of those responsible once identified.
“In the meantime, the cleanup of the mess at JKIA continues. The KAA Board is under strict instructions to carry on with the reform agenda and the management to implement, as directed, the report of the technical committee which I recently constituted,” added Murkomen.
This marks the third occurrence of a service interruption, with the initial one occurring on August 25 and the second on November 11.