Vandals Target Road Signs along Ntungamo-Kabale Highway

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Javan Mutabazi, a taxi driver along Kabale- Mbarara Highway says the road signs are vandalized by thieves who sell them as scrap.

Unknown people have started vandalizing road signs and guard rails fitted along the Kabale -Mbarara highway. Reynolds Construction Company only completed maintaining the 78.1kilometer road stretch mid this year.


However, the newly fitted road signs and guard rails have started disappearing without a trace. For instance the guard rails and road signs installed along the stretch between Kyanamira and Kaharo sub counties have varnished.

Javan Mutabazi, a taxi driver along Kabale- Mbarara Highway says the road signs are vandalized by thieves who sell them as scrap.

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Dustan Muhereza, a road user from Kaharo Sub County says accidents have increased following the theft of road signs.

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Pius Rwakimari, the LC V Councilor representing Kyanamira sub county in Kabale district faults RCC and Uganda National Roads Authority for alleged failure to sensitise residents on the importance of the road signs.
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Boaz Kazibwe, the Kabale UNRA Station Engineer, says they have already notified police about the theft of the road signs, adding that investigations are ongoing.
Peter Kagina, the Officer-in-Charge of the Traffic Department at Kabale Police Station, says they have repeatedly warned residents against the theft of road signs in vain. 

He faults residents for remaining silent on the culprits.

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This is not the first time road signs and guard rails are vandalized along roads in Uganda. In 2012, President Yoweri Museveni ordered police to recover road signs that went missing from Kabale-Kisoro road.  At least 8 people were arrested in connection to the theft of the road signs.

The same year, road signs and guard rails along Mbarara-Masaka Highway were also vandalized by unknown people.  This prompted then Works Minister, Engineer John Byabagambi to order police to shoot on site those found vandalizing road signs in Kigezi region.
In May 2014, over 100 road signs were stolen along Matugga-Semuto-Kapeeka road in Nakaseke District.


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.