Biting Power Outage in Wajir Is Putting Lives At Risk
Resident of Wajir County have been in the dark due to power outage over the last few days. Fire in the local station resulted in an ongoing darkness. The Kenya Power Lighting Company management said they are struggling to reconnect power to consumers. Office employees, businesses and even the referral hospital are struggling to keep operating under darkness as private generators are overworking. Some employees have resorted to camping in restaurants operating private generators. Some have gone to social media to vent their frustration asking the management of KPLC and the President to intervene immediately to avert further suffering. Some residents who humorously referred KPLC as Kenya Powerless Lighting company asked the company to up its game as it is not the first time residents are facing power blackout.
People who depend on power for their medications such diabetes are concerned about the ongoing power blackout. Most use fridges to store their insulin and other medications which is now in limbo and may be endangering their lives. The ongoing and perennial power blackouts in the county is putting lives at risk as well as make the already dire business environment worse.
Wajir County needs a reliable alternative source of energy. The county has a very favourable climate for clean energy and has no reason to depend on unpredictable and often incompetent KPLC as the sole provider of energy. Wajir has over 300 sunny days a year and this unique weather profile favours the adoption of solar energy technology not including the 365 days of Wind availability which could provide clean energy if the right investment and political will is availed. Solar energy technology is more reliable, cleaner and cheaper in the long term than a connection to the national grid.