Kenyans about to witness a national wide blackout.

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    Kenya Power last month disclosed plans to lay off 1,962 ageing workers from May in what will trim down its staff count to 8,711 by June next year.

    Kenya power workers through the Kenya Electrical Trades and Allied Workers Union (Ketawu) have opposed the layoffs, arguing that the plan lacks their input. The workers have threatened to go on strike in a dispute over the firm’s plans to lay off 20 percent of its employees or nearly 2,000 staff, most of them ageing.

    The job cuts are part of Kenya Power’s efforts to run a lean operation and compensate for revenue losses that followed the January cut in electricity prices by up to 15 percent.

    The boycott threat comes just weeks after three senior managers at Kenya Power were charged with sabotage and negligence over a nationwide power outage last month.

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