Crime Rates Soar in Mbarara Dark Spots

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Cyclists have been waylaid and stabbed; handbags snatched, cases of attempted rape recorded, and in some cases injuries sustained as pedestrians fall prey to attackers in the dark spots. Rarely does a fortnight pass without an alarm of a person being attacked in one of the dark spots within the town, A URN reporter observes.

The absence of security lights in Mbarara Municipality is keeping residents on tenterhooks as they plead with authorities to address the security glitch that is putting their lives at risk.

Cyclists have been waylaid and stabbed; handbags snatched, cases of attempted rape recorded, and in some cases injuries sustained as pedestrians fall prey to attackers in the dark spots. Rarely does a fortnight pass without an alarm of a person being attacked in one of the dark spots within the town, A URN reporter observes.

Mbarara town has 12 major streets. However, only two; Buremba and High Street have functional security lights. The others only possess broken lampposts strewed along the roadsides.

At least 10 cases of assault, theft, rape and murder have been registered on a monthly basis from these dark spots, the deputy officer in charge of criminal investigations department at Mbarara central police station Jackson Mugisha said.

The latest attack involved a bodaboda cyclist who was waylaid in the isolated Boma area by three stick wielding men who thumped him to death before disappearing with his motorcycle.
 
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Poly Aruho, a resident of Boma in Kamukuzi division says the absence of security lights is putting at risk lives of the hundreds of students of Mbarara university and Makerere University business school-MUB'S who reside in the five Hostels around Boma area.
 
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Muhammad Byansi, the councilor for Nyamityobora ward in Mbarara municipality says most of these dark spots had security lights in the 90's but were later vandalized by unknown people after power supply to the municipality was cut off due to accumulated power bills.

According to Byansi, the distribution company is still demanding more than Ugx 50m from Mbarara municipal council in order to be reconnected.

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However, the speaker Mbarara municipality Muzamir Ssekajja revealed that they are planning to pass a resolution in the next council to divert over Ugx 500mgenerated from lease of plot 32-40 on Mbaguta Street towards lighting all major roads within the municipality.