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Friday, 8 February 2013

Blown roof cuts electricity line


By Dennis Kipkirui
Blown roof cut electric power line on Thursday afternoon in Kahuruko village Laikipia West District. This occurred after raging winds blew off the roof of an old wooden building incidentally slashing electricity line. The incident saw the whole of Sipili trading centre and neighborhoods stay without electricity for the rest of the day. Kenya Power technicians visited the scene and reconnected the power at 9pm. No casualties were reported when the tragedy occurred
Earlier in the day the centre had witnessed power outage only to be cut off again after resuming in the afternoon. This has been happening for the past one week.
Laikipia is currently experiencing a dry spell with strong winds. This is what largely contributed to the incident coupled with caving and deteriorating buildings. It was only recently when the electric power line was connected to the area. The people of Kahuruko attribute this development project to one of their sons who is a senior government official.
Age-old wooden buildings characterize Kahuruko centre. Silence and horror engulfs the centre after it was deserted due to security concerns. Residents have in the passed witnessed a series of robberies and break-ins. This made most of them close their premises and move to the neighboring Sipili. The government has been forced to place an Administration Police post in the centre to curb the menace. 
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