Friday, November 30, 2012

More bad wiring

For the last couple of weeks we have had  power on two of the three power lines and the third only has a few volts registering on it.  The meter that was installed several months ago requires that all three phases have a minimum voltage or it cuts off all power to the house.  That means we've had to be on the generator all this time.  For a number of days I had been calling one of the phone numbers to report power problems and had promises of "someone will come out and check."  When there had been similar problems about a month ago there had been an occasional response and power on one or the other problem line was restored.  But after no response now for a couple of weeks, I went in to the office where you buy "pre-paid units" to feed the meter and asked if the power company (Bo-Kenema Power Service or BKPS) was simply cutting back on which lines had power.  The person there told me power should be on all three phases but the problem was because we were mixing copper and aluminum wiring and that I would have to have the landlord take care of it.  (Fat chance of that happening!  The landlord had two year's rent paid up front when the house had been arranged for us and has had absolutely no incentive to ever fix anything.)  When I got home I looked to see where there might be a copper to aluminum connection.  It turns out the wiring is continuous from the overhead power lines to the meter.

But I did look a bit closer at the "connections" at the overhead power lines.  Here is what I found.

3 lines, 3 power phases.  The top wire isn't connected very well.

Close up of the top wire.

The insulation is color coded, blue, yellow and orange and I could see that the orange wire that had a low voltage at the meter was the wire that was "connected" to the top power line.  I recalled that when the new pre-paid meter was installed the utility workers had disconnected the wiring from the power lines (even though there was a breaker at the house!)  They just never properly reconnected one of the wires.  They just wrapped it around the main power line a few times!

Monday I hope to see the BKPS Technical Director to see if someone can come out and more firmly attach the wire.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kenema is now a District!

Last Saturday and Sunday, the 24th and 25th of November the Bo Sierra Leone District held its district conference. Saturday was leadership training in the morning and a combined session in the afternoon.  Then Sunday prior to viewing the Regional Conference broadcast the members in Bo sustained a new second counselor in the district presidency.  Then in the afternoon we hurried to Kenema where the members there sustained their new district president, his counselors and a number of the new auxiliary leaders.

First Kenema District Conference in the Kenema YMCA bldg

After the members in the new Kenema District viewed the Regional Conference broadcast, the new district presidency set apart the auxiliary leaders who had earlier been sustained.  New Church handbooks had just been delivered a couple of days prior so we had them to hand out and took a few minutes to review a few key chapters relevant to their new callings ... and especially the chapter "Callings in the Church" since several present would still be recommending their counselors and likewise teaching the branch auxiliaries from the handbook.

When the district's first district council meeting ended, we took this picture of the following individuals.

Front row left to right:
Mbalu Bangura, Relief Society President
Philip Braima, District President First Counselor
James Foday, District Councilor
Jeneba Kamara, Primary President
Wuyata Kaisamba, Young Women First Counselor

Back row left to right:
Devine Kanneh, Sunday School President
Jonathan Cobinah, District President
Amarachi Cobinah, Young Women President
Emric Nevery, District Executive Secretary
Ambrose Minah, District President Second Counselor
Tiangay Kamara, Young Women Second Counselor
Abdul Sesay, Young Men President

Kenema Sierra Leone District Council