Is Lunsar town a victim of Sierra Leone politics?
By Gibril Gottor
LUNSAR (TV-News24) — Permanent lack of electricity in a township that had once enjoyed that seldom necessity in Sierra Leone seem to be gripping Lunsar, the second biggest town in Port Loko City in the Marampa Chiefdom.
And because of this, businesses have been adversely impacted leaving many petty traders — mostly women and youth — out of business or making less profit in the businesses they operate.
Lunsar is an integral town in the mining industry in the country as it boasts of iron ore minerals.
During the past regime of President Ernest Bai Koroma, the residents here enjoyed almost uninterrupted electricity supply.
Koroma is a member of the main All People’s Congress opposition
And this was since 2014 — but when the new regime of President Julius Maada Bio assumes office in 2018, there has been an incessant lack of electricity supply in this once lighted township.
Bio is a member of the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party — which defeated APC in the 2018 elections.
Electricity challenge was a thing of the past in Lunsar since 2014 — but the town now enters into permanent black out and it began in 2018 to present.
Tele center business owner Mohamed Kamara said he has stopped many of the other businesses he was engaged in; because his dwindling finances are gone following the constant electricity challenge in the town.
“I have stopped selling mobile recharge cards, water, assorted soft and hard drinks; and just focused on mobile charging. All because I can only manage my private power system for six hours a day, instead of my usual fifteen hours. The situation has impacted negatively on my livelihood,” Mohamed says.
Ellen Sesay, a petroleum product businesswoman says she is finding it harder to manage her family because.
Sesay says she spends huge sums of money on fuel and generator maintenance since the electricity is no longer being supplied in the town.
“The lack of electricity in Lunsar has affected my business, and the livelihood of my family and employees. Thus, undermining my profit margin. I am seriously thinking to downsize my staff because of the constant electricity challenge that has limit livelihood, Sesay says.
Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) could not be reached to comment on the sudden lack of electricity supply in Lunsar.