Blacksmith Held Over Vandalizing Road Signs

1947 Views Kabale, Western Region, Uganda

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Emmanuel Ngirabakunzi, the Kabale Municipality Engineer, says Monday was found red handed with guard rails by municipal works officer. He says they were forced to conduct an impromptu operation targeting all black smiths and scrap dealers around town following the destruction of guard rails and roadside signs in the municipality.

Mohammad Monday, a blacksmith at Esso Corner in Kabale Municipality is in trouble for vandalizing road signs. He was picked up on Tuesday afternoon from his work place. 

Emmanuel Ngirabakunzi, the Kabale Municipality Engineer, says Monday was found red handed with guard rails by municipal works officer. He says they were forced to conduct an impromptu operation targeting all blacksmiths and scrap dealers around town following the destruction of guard rails and roadside signs in the municipality. 

Ngirabakunzi says they were surprised when they landed on many guard rails hidden behind Monday's workshop. Ely Maate, the Kigezi Police Spokesperson, says Monday was found flattening the guard rails in preparation of making saucepans.
 
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Monday said although he was caught red-handed with the guard rails, he isn't responsible for the vandalism and theft. Monday said his boss he only identified as Diriisa is the right person to explain the source of the guard rails.

There has been public outcry over the destruction of road signs along Ntungamo-Kabale-Katuna and Kabale-Rubanda-Kisoro roads. Most of the road signs are vandalized and sold as scrap while others are used for decoration in resident's homes.

 

About the author

Samuel Amanya
Samuel Amanya is the Kigezi Region URN bureau chief. Kabale, Kisoro, Kanungu and Rukungiri districts fall under his docket. Samuel Amanya has been a Uganda Radio Network reporter since August 2016. Before becoming a URN staff reporter, Amanya had written for the network for several years as a freelancer.


Amanya was also a Voice of Kigezi reporter from 2011 to 2016.


A journalism graduate from African College of Commerce Kabale, Amanya values his independence. Amanya says URN is a home for his talent because it lets him explore his journalistic interests without limits.

Amanya is fascinated by the crime beat and some of his best stories have come out of that interest. Amanya says he aims to be all round beat reporter.