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Kenya Presidential Debate Ends With Power Blackout

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As Kenya presidential candidates were being roasted at a tough debate, several parts of the capital and surrounding areas suffered a sudden electricity blackout.

Power outage have been reported in the whole of Kapsabet – Nandi Hills, Nandi County, Uasin Gishu Elgeyo Marakwet, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot counties.

Other regions that have experienced the blackout include Nairobi, Bungoma and Kakamega.

At 8:12pm this evening, we experienced a system disturbance at the Kisumu – Muhoroni high voltage transmission power line that tripped several power circuits and affected power generation from Muhoroni Gas Turbine Station and Turkwell Hydropower Station. The shortfall caused power outages in parts of Western, South Nyanza, North Rift, Central Rift and Nairobi North.

Debate Substance

Deputy President William Ruto has said that if elected president in the upcoming General Elections, his first assignment will be to deal with Kenya’s national debt.

Speaking during the presidential debate, Ruto said that should the Kenya Kwanza Alliance make the next government, they would go slow on borrowing, put brakes on unbudgeted projects and raise revenues to address the national debt that currently stands at Sh8.4 trillion.

“We should stop this borrowing spree.”

He said that the Jubilee government borrowed Sh2.2 trillion during its first term, compared to the second term where they borrowed Sh4.2 trillion.

The UDA presidential candidate said that he was not involved in running the government during the second term, claiming that he was sidelined following the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio la Umoja’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga.

David Mwaure, presidential candidate

David Mwaure, Agano’s presidential candidate has warned nations that host stashed monies that he will go after them.

He had earlier this month written to the United Nations and fifteen other countries to start getting the alleged money back into the country.

He has however not received any correspondence following his request.

“I have not had any response from these countries, but our 100 days already started. They are listening and we’ve got good will from out there…we’ve got great friends from out of Kenya,” he said.

Mwaure is on record saying that he will cut diplomatic ties with countries that do not work with him or his government.

“Why can’t it be done? If a country is holding our money, it knows that it is supposed to be Eurobond money, or it is money from SGR?” he posed.

How can you refer to a nation as your friend?