Kabale Street Lights Project Stalls

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Now, councilors and residents are demanding an explanation while the street lighting project has stalled.

Major streets in Kabale municipality are still covered by darkness despite the fact that council released money to fix the street lights. Early this year, Kabale Municipality contracted Ssembule International to fix street lights at the tune of 16 million shillings. According to some Kabale municipal councillors and residents, the company came in and fixed a few street lights and disappeared without completing the work. Now, councilors and residents are demanding an explanation from the council why the street lighting project has stalled.

Leopold Twesigye, the LC V councilor for Kigongi ward says that he was surprised to see only three street lights working after the repair works. Twesigye says that the contractor only appeared for a few days and vanished in thin air. He says that they are worried that the project may never be completed yet taxpayers money was spent. Zakayo Kabagambe, a businessman along Bwankonsya road in Kabale municipality says when they heard that council had hired a contractor to fix the streetlights; they thought the problem of darkness and its related evils was solved only to end up disappointed.

Kabagambe has expressed his disappointment with the municipality council authorities saying that they are not doing enough to ensure value for money. Augustine Bujara, the Kabale town clerk said he had nothing to say about the street lighting project but hastened to add that work is ongoing. Wilber Twijukye, the Kabale municipal engineer says several street lights in the town were fixed but they cannot work because UMEME has refused to reconnect power citing outstanding arrears. He didn't reveal how much the council owes UMEME.

Twijukye says the stretch between Rwakaraaba and Kabale Police station has already been worked. He says the contractor is yet to work on the stretch between police and Nyakijumba along Kabale –Ntungamo road.

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Other sections whose street lights have not been fixed are Katuna road, Bwankosya road, Bugongi road, Makanga road, Kigongi Street, Kikolegi and Kabale quarters street. Edward Mubiru, the Director Sembule international limited declined to comment on the matter when contacted by our reporter.


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Anthony Kushaba
For Anthony Kushaba, journalism is not just a job; it is a calling. Kushaba believes journalism is one of the few platforms where the views of the oppressed and margainalised can be heard. This is what his journalism aims to do: bring to light untold stories.

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