Residents in the Leicester road community, in constituency 106, in the central Freetown, have informed this medium about an imminent plan to march on state house, in a peaceful demonstration to inform the president about their perceived feeling of neglect, as they have been without electricity for over a year and half now.
The residents have held meetings where they reached a consensus to stage a peaceful demonstration to state house, where they hope to have audience with President Koroma and present their grievances to him.
Residents who spoke to this reporter expressed regret that authorities concern have been slow to respond to their demands in respect of the damaged transformer, despite several representations.
An aggrieved resident, Bala Mansaray told Concord that since the construction of the road at Leicester junction, the community has been in total darkness, and blamed the National Power Authority for their failure to install a new transformer after the previous one was damaged.
Mansaray opined that if the community had high placed officials in governance, the problem would have been fixed, and that they have been marginalize by the government because many residents are middle and low earning citizens. He revealed that as a result of no electricity in the area, thieves raid homes almost on a daily basis, with residents living in fear of their lives as some of the robber often resort violence.
Adama Kamara, a house wife, said her husband was recently stabbed by thieves while returning home from work. She said her husband was stabbed on his way home, while the robbers made away with his bag containing money and other valuables.
She also lamented the economic impact of the constant power outage in the area as parents have had to resort to buying candles for their children and wards to study at night, which portends serious fire hazard.
Officials at the NPA have blamed the problem on the ongoing road construction in the area. They alleged that Compagnie Sahélienne d'Entreprises (CSC) engineers were to blame for the damaged transformer, and that the Senegalese company should pay the cost of fixing a new transformer.
This reporter could not reach officials of the CSE for their comments as they were available.