In yet another improbable occurrence within our Kenyans borders, there was a blackout on Tuesday at Milimani Law Courts during the bail application hearing for Kenya Power bosses.
The incident forced the Court to adjourn the hearing due to lack of natural light at the premises. While the supply was eventually restored, the incident raised major eyebrows among Kenyans who concluded that Kenya Power cartels might have been behind the blackout.
However, Kenya Power issued a statement distancing itself from the power disruption. The parastatal blamed the power outage on an internal wiring fault.
“Clarification: There has not been a blackout at the Milimani courts as reported by a section of the media. Our technical team has confirmed that electricity to the court is on and that the outage may have been occasioned by internal wiring,” read the statement by Kenya Power.
Senior KPLC officials, including former MD Ben Chumo, General Manager for Regional Coordination Peter Mwicigi and legal secretary Beatrice Meso, were in court over the Sh408 million faulty transformers scandal.
They were charged with conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit an economic crime, willful failure to comply with the law relating to procurement, abuse of office and conspiracy to defeat justice.
They denied the charges and were freed on Sh 1 million cash bail. The suspects were further ordered to deposit their travel documents in court and were denied access to all KPLC installations.
They were also directed to check in with the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) every two weeks. The judge also directed the suspects not to approach any witnesses in the case
Watch a video shared from the courtroom courtesy of KTN News:
Power blackout in court as Kenya Power bosses adjudicate their case before judge. #KTNNewsCentre with @BettyMKyallo @KTNNews pic.twitter.com/JVI1OeGT9C
— ktn (@KTNKenya) July 17, 2018