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EDSA says blackout caused by drop in water level at Bumbuna

…but new SLPP government claims it’s sabotage  

April 12, 2018 By Patrick Jaiah Kamara

In the wake of recent power outage in Freetown and its surroundings, the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) has blamed the power outage on ‘massive drop in the generation capacity at Bumbuna hydro from 45MWt to 8MW.

According to a release issued yesterday by EDSA, the power authority says it was experiencing such constraints as a result of the drop in the water level at the Bumbuna hydro dam.

The statement added that ADDAX bioenergy, which used to produce and supply to EDSA 12 megawatts of electricity, has ceased operations indefinitely due to ‘technical issues’.

“This situation has caused instability in the power supply and thus posed a huge challenge to the provisions of electricity supply in the Western Area,” the release said.

However, Publicity Secretary of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party, Lahai Lawrence Leema, has described the development as ‘sabotage’ to the new government.

He posted on his Facebook platform that members in the previous government are bent on a sabotage mission against their ‘focused and determined’ government.

“APC operatives in government offices are bent on a sabotage mission against our focused and determined SLPP government. If you are ready to work with us fine but to say yes I’m ready when in actual fact you mean no, you have to think twice,” the post reads.

Also, the editor of Unity Newspaper, Abu Bakarr Joe Sesay, said the power outage, few days after the then opposition party ousted the former government from power, was suspicious and may well be part of a plot to undermine the new administration.

Meanwhile, EDSA authorities have apologised to their numerous customers for any inconvenience the power outage might have caused and promised to do their utmost to improve power supply within the shortest possible time.

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