27 August 2009 – Kenya’s Finance Minister, Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta said that scheduled power cuts in Kenya may be halted at the end of September when seasonal rains are expected to arrive.

Kenya Power and Lighting Co. began scheduled power cuts on the 6th August after a drought resulted in falling water levels at dams used to supply hydropower facilities.

Kenya’s meteorological department forecast on the 14th August that an El Nino weather pattern may bring above-average rainfall to the country between October and December, halting drought conditions. Projections show strengthening El Nino weather in the Pacific Ocean off South America, a system that typically increases the chance of good rains along Africa’s east coast, the service said.