Residents of Rutile say they lack basic electricity and good roads. The absence of those amenities in Rutile have affected the lives of thousands of people and a host of small and medium enterprises. Rutile is one of the wealthiest areas in Sierra Leone with a lot of minerals. The community, which lies between Moyamba and Bonthe District in the southern region of Sierra Leone, hosts over 70,000 people who fully depend on mining and farming activities for their daily survival. Musa Foray, the Manager at Friends Hotel in Imperi Chiefdom Bonthe District, said, “It is difficult to operate a guesthouse or hotel without having power supply from the national body.” He added, “I am using 15 litres for 12 hours per day for my hotel and on a monthly period is about 450 litres.” The Manager maintained that initially Rutile used to have electricity but all of a sudden everything just went off. Only 5% of the people in Rutile have intermittent power supply courtesy of private solar energy or generators, but the rest rely on improvised Chinese power for their domestic needs. According to Vandi Koroma, a bike rider at Rutile, “During the rains, our roads are death traps for bike riders and passengers.” He said people get injured and some have died on the roads. He said during the dry season the roads are covered with dust and in the rainy season they are filled with potholes. Fatmata Wai, a trader, noted if they have good roads and power supply in their community, life would be better for them.
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