Katuna Traders, Security Officer Demand Installation of Street Lights

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Ritah Kyoheirwe, a vendor of soft drinks says it is inconveniencing to serve her customers in darkness.

Despite being the major access point to Uganda from Rwanda, Katuna border town lacks street lights. As a result, hundreds of money changers and business people close by 7:00pm for fear of being attacked by thugs under the cover of darkness.

Now, both members of the business community and security officials are pushing for the installation of street lighting. David Tumwiine, a money changer at Katuna boarder says due to lack of street lights they are forced to close by 7:00pm yet they would wish to work until 10:00pm.
According to Tuwmine, robbers use the cover of darkness to target them. Ritah Kyoheirwe, a vendor of soft drinks says it is inconveniencing to serve her customers in darkness. Several travelers to and from Rwanda, use the border during late evening hours.

She appeals to the authorities to consider installing street lights to enable them to do business with ease. Nelson Nsangabasheija, the head of Katuna Town Council Security Committee, says there is urgent need to install security lights.

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Hebert Ahimbisibwe, an officer from Uganda People's Defense Forces-UPDF deployed at Katuna border, says they always find a challenge to run after suspected criminals in the dark.
He wonders why the leadership of Katuna Town Council and Kabale district, have failed to install street lights despite the fact that the border generates a lot of revenue.

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Eric Sunday, the Town Clerk Katuna town council says the town council is aware of the problem of street lights. Sundays says they are engaged in talks with COWI, which is supervising the construction of Ntungamo-Kabale-Katuna road over the matter.
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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.