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Power blackout exposes vulnerability of Busia's 24-hour economy

A section of Oginga Odinga streets in Kisumu in total darkness following a power blackout on January 9, 2018. Photo | Ondari Ogega | NMG
A section of Oginga Odinga streets in Kisumu in total darkness following a power blackout on January 9, 2018. Photo | Ondari Ogega | NMG 

A major power outage in Kenya and Uganda Tuesday evening left large swathes of the neighbouring countries engulfed in darkness.

Lasting over five hours in many areas, it affected residents and businesses in Counties including Mombasa, Kisumu, Kiambu, Eldoret, Kisii, Nyandarua, Nakuru, Meru, Nyeri, Tharaka -Nithi and Bomet.

However, in Busia County, the blackout also exposed the vulnerability of the border town's much touted 24-hour economy.