Monkey tripped transformer at power station causing massive blackout, KenGen says

Using a candle after a power outage. KenGen has said a monkey was behind the huge power blackout in the country on June 7, 2016. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The rogue primate climbed onto the roof of the Gitaru power station and dropped onto a transformer, tripping it.
  • The company said it had secured all its installations with an electric fence to keep off wild animals.
  • KenGen did not explain how the monkey managed to access the area.
  • The station was also the source of a blackout in 2012 when a transformer at one of its turbines blew up.

A monkey was behind the huge power blackout that affected various parts of the country on Tuesday, Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) has revealed.

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