In Sierra Leone, a country known for its religious tolerance and respect for places of worship, a debate has arisen over allegations of outstanding electricity bills owed by some mosques and churches.

Citizens are urging President Dr. Julius Maada Bio, who is currently overseeing the energy sector, to compel the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) to disclose the identities of those who are in arrears or engaged in electricity theft.

However, there are strong objections to unfounded accusations against religious institutions, viewed as a form of coercion.

The public is seeking clarity on several key issues. Are there specialized meters allocated to religious organizations, and if so, how are they categorized? Traditionally, churches have been responsible for obtaining their meters as independent entities.

The sudden focus on classification raises questions about the fairness of the process. Instead of leveling allegations at mosques and churches, there is a growing demand for explanations regarding EDSA’s historical oversight and the accumulation of substantial unpaid bills.

EDSA’s management is under pressure to provide a more detailed account of the situation, with citizens advocating for transparency and accountability.

The public is eager to learn the identities of those accountable for the outstanding debts. Clarification on these matters is essential to maintain trust and ensure equitable treatment within the energy sector.