Nairobi county has lost a bid to bar Kenya Power from disconnecting electricity supply at key city institutions over an outstanding Sh732 million debt. Mike Sonko’s administration wanted the court to block the company from disconnecting electricity supply to hospitals and schools under it. The county owes the supplier over Sh723,017,002.
Justice John Mativo, however, said issuing such an order against Kenya Power would amount to stopping a lawful process. The judge said the county failed to demonstrate that it was under no obligation to pay the debt and did not offer any evidence to demonstrate that Kenya Power's demand was illegal.
"Upon analysing the material before court and upon considering the argument advanced by both parties, I find the petition has not established any basis for this court to grant any of the orders sought," the judge said. Sonko had told court that threats by the company to cut power in the county's major facilities would cause it to suffer irreparable losses.
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