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Guinea Dismisses National Electricity Head After Power Cut Protests

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On Saturday, Guinea announced the dismissal of the head of its national electricity company following a series of power outages that led to deadly protests in the country under military rule.

Laye Sekou Camara of Electricity in Guinea (EDG), along with his two deputies, Fode Soumah and Abdoulaye Kone, were relieved of their duties in a decree signed by junta chief General Mamady Doumbouya.

In a separate decree, the managing director and deputy of Guinea’s national oil company were also removed from their positions.

Addressing the press on Friday, Prime Minister Amadou Oury Bah emphasised the need for accountability regarding the circumstances surrounding the power cuts, stating, “Those responsible for this situation owe us an explanation, and everyone must take their share of responsibility”

This decision came in the wake of violent protests on Tuesday in Kindia, where two children aged eight and 14 were tragically shot dead. Additionally, clashes erupted between protesters and security forces in Conakry on Thursday following a widespread power outage in the capital.

In response to inquiries, EDG released a statement attributing the blackout to “an incident on a high-voltage pylon.”

 

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