Sierra Leone’s Energy Minister Resigns

Sierra Leone’s Minister of Energy, Alhadji Kanja Sesay resigned on Friday, according to the president’s office, against a backdrop of recent interruptions to the country’s electricity supply.

The reasons for Alhadji Sesay’s resignation were not officially explained, and the energy ministry did not respond to a request.

The ministry has been placed under the direct supervision of President Julius Maada Bio, who will be assisted by two other officials, according to a press release from the presidency sent to newsmen Friday evening.

Sesay’s resignation came hours after the government paid a total of $18.5 million to two power providers, Turkish Karpowership and Transco-CLSG group.

Sierra Leone owed the two producers a total of $40 million.

It was not immediately clear whether Sesay’s resignation was related to the payments.

After two months of outages, power was restored in Freetown after the payments were announced.

Karpowership has been supplying electricity to Sierra Leone since 2018 from a floating offshore unit, but it had reduced its capacity from 65 megawatts to just five in recent months due to payment issues.

“We are pleased to confirm that the electricity supply has returned to full capacity in Freetown,” the Turkish group said in a statement after the latest payment was announced.

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