Nationwide Power Blackout Hits Ethiopia

Electric grid with a 230 kilovolt power transmission line along the Bahir Dar – Debre Tabor- Nefas Mewcha – Gashena and Alamata is repaired, the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) announced on Wednesday. Photo by AFP

ADDIS ABABA, Mar 28 – A nationwide power blackout has struck Ethiopia, the state utility firm Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) said Thursday.

According to a press statement from the EEP, a system failure has caused a blackout across the entire country since Thursday afternoon except for Bahir Dar City and its surroundings, located in the northern Amhara region.

The EEP said that efforts are underway to restore the power supply system, and it is currently investigating the possible causes of the system failure that led to the blackout.

The disclosure came just a day after the government accused Fano forces of attacking the power grid line in the above-mentioned areas of Amhara region of Ethiopia. Fano forces denied. In an interview with EMS media, Fano forces said it is the work of the “Abiy Ahmed’s government.”

Electric grid with a 230 kilovolt power transmission line along the Bahir Dar – Debre Tabor- Nefas Mewcha – Gashena and Alamata is repaired, the state-owned Ethiopian Electric Power (EEP) announced on Wednesday. Photo by AFP

Under the guise of the state of emergency measure imposed in the region, the Ethiopian government has restricted journalists and human rights activists access to the region which makes verifying its claim difficult.

Abiy Ahmed’s administration has lost legitimacy in the Amhara region of Ethiopia while the Fano forces have forged an extensive support base in the region.

Soon after a shocking extrajudicial killings by government forces in the Amhara region, there has been an extensive effort to engage residents in the region politically with an apparent aim to win back public support in the region but it does not seem to work out.

Reports from local sources indicate that government forces are continuously making military gains in the region. In fact, the Fano forces were able to enter Bahir Dar city – seat of the Amhara regional state – last week where they reportedly killed at least 18 government soldiers – according to local news sources with links to hospital sources.


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