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Office of the government spokesman

Thursday 26th January 2012 – It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources that some sections of the press both local and international have been publishing stories that are not only misleading but also totally untrue about the state of Government’s effort of electrifying the Capital, Freetown.  A case in point is the 6th January publication of the African Confidential.  In this article a lot of untrue insinuations were reported.  The Ministry therefore wants to put the record straight.

a)            That in March last year the Government constructed a 16.5MW thermal plant for the supply of electricity to the East End of the City contrary to the suggestion made in the African Confidential that the citizens in the East End of the Country who overwhelmingly voted for Dr Ernest Bai Koroma are without power supply.

b)            Also, a mention in the report that a contract has been signed with Joule Africa for the expansion of the first phase of Bumbuna is not true. The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources on behalf of the Government signed an MOU with Joule Africa. This MOU sets out the principles under which both parties should operate and is focused on progressing and delivering of a bankable feasibility studies. No Contract has been awarded to any investor for the setting up of Bumbuna II. The process of awarding a contract has not yet started.

c)            The Africa Confidential report suggests that when Bumbuna II is completed, one of the mining companies operating in Sierra Leone stands to benefit most from the project.

Government has as a top priority, developing Sierra Leone and Sierra Leoneans and therefore, Bumbuna II which is a public good will benefit all Sierra Leoneans and not just a singular institution or entity.

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources therefore calls on all media houses including Africa Confidential to cross check their information before going to press.

Sylvester Suaray, Deputy Government Spokesman

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