Absence of Street Lighting Hurts Ntungamo Traders

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Julius Tatwangire, a businessman along Ntungamo -Mirama hills road, says thugs take advantage of darkness to rob residents and business people before vanishing into the nearby Rufuha swamp.

Business grinds to a halt in Ntungamo municipality as darkness falls. Despite being elevated to a municipality in 2010, Ntungamo municipality is covered by darkness during the night due to lack of security lighting. As a result, the business community is forced to close business whenever darkness sets in for fear of being targeted by robbers.
 
 
Julius Tatwangire, a businessman along Ntungamo -Mirama hills road, says thugs take advantage of darkness to rob residents and business people before vanishing into the nearby Rufuha swamp. He says the absence of street lights in the municipality has been of concern for a very long time, adding that they have decided to wait until the authorities realize need to install the lights.
 
 
Jovanis Ankunda is a food vendor along Ntungamo Kabale road. According to Ankunda, some of her customers take the advantage of the darkness to disappear without paying her. In addition to the problem of the customers, Ankunda says it is risky to move in certain places such as Kyamate, Mile two and Kabagyenda in the night.
 
 
Darius Kanyonyi, a concerned trader says the absence of the street lights impact heavily on their businesses since they have to close early enough for their own safety.


 
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Ben Akankwasa, a resident of Ntungamo central division, says the issue of street lights should be treated as a matter of urgency.
 
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Jacob Kafureka, the Mayor Ntungamo Municipality, says the absence of street lights is a serious concern to his leadership. According to Kafureka, they have received complaints from remands demanding for the installation of street lights.
 
Kafureka says they have budgeted Shillings 220 million for installing street lighting this financial year to increase the safety of residents and allow the business community extend the hours of operations.

 

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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.

Kushaba is the Mbarara region URN bureau chief. Mitooma, Ntungamo, Bushenyi, Sheema, Isingiro, and Kiruhura districts fall under his docket. Kushaba has been a URN staff member since 2012.

Kushaba is a journalism graduate from Uganda Christian University Study Centre at Bishop Barham College in Kabale. Before joining URN, Kushaba worked with Voice of Kigezi (2008), Bushenyi FM (2010) and later on to Voice of Muhabura.

Kushaba's journalism interests centre on conflict, peace and electoral reporting. Kushaba occasionally writes on tourism, health, religion and education. He describes himself as highly driven and will pursue a tip until it yields a story.