The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has launched investigations into the nationwide power outage witnessed on Tuesday, January 11. 

The DCI is investigating what led to the collapse of high voltage electricity transmission that caused the power blackout. 

DCI boss George Kinoti said his officers have taken interest in Tuesday’s collapse of four steel pylons in Imara Daima area in Nairobi County. 

"We can’t rule out anything until investigations establish the probable cause

"We have many investigations on Kenya Power. So many, including those in court that sent almost entire management to court," Kinoti said. 

{ Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) boss George Kinoti PHOTO/COURTESY}
In a statement on Wednesday, January 12, Kenya Power blamed the fall of the four towers on vandalism by scrap metal dealers. 

"Our investigations indicate that the Kiambere – Embakasi power line collapsed due to vandalism of support bracings in four transmission towers near Imara Daima Estate in Nairobi," Kenya Power said. 

Initially, Kenya Power had said the outage was due to a collapsed tower along the Kiambere-Embakasi high voltage transmission line.  

"We have lost power supply due to collapsed towers on the Kiambere - Embakasi high voltage transmission power line at 10.45 am this morning

"Our engineers are working to restore electricity supply as the repairs are being undertaken. An update on the restoration progress will be issued in due course," the statement read in part.

The power blackout came hours after the country experienced a similar one on Monday evening, January 10.