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Hoima City Need UGX 100 Million to Fix Vandalized Street Lights

Thee Vandalized street lights are situated on government, Rukurato, Main street and Bunyoro Kitara roads that were constructed under the Uganda support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID-Project.
Some of the street lights erected on Government Road. Most of them have had their batteries and solar Panels vandalized by Thugs.Photo by Emmanuel Okello.

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Hoima City Authorities are hunting for Uganda shillings 100 million to fix the vandalized street lights in the City.  

Acts of vandalisation of street lights in the newly operationalised Hoima City have continued with new reports of the solar street lights batteries being stolen by unknown people.  

Thee vandalized street lights are situated on government, Rukurato, Main street and Bunyoro Kitara roads that were constructed under the Uganda support to Municipal Infrastructure Development-USMID-Project.  

The street lights together with the USMID roads were constructed and commissioned in May 2019 by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. The Project that started in 2013 cost the government Uganda shillings 31 billion.  

Uganda Radio Network - URN has reliably established that over 20 street lights have been vandalized in the City center and they are not operational. The batteries and solar panels of the newly installed solar street lights have disappeared without trace.

The fact that the new solar streetlight batteries are installed in concrete secured pits, thieves have continued to vandalize them taking off with the batteries. 

Geofrey Bwagi Bamanyisa, the City Town Clerk says the destruction of the street lights is a big set back towards the progress of development in the city since they put a huge cost to be repaired.

He suspects that the street lights are being vandalized by thugs who later sell them to scrap dealers.  

"I urge the people of Hoima City and other road users to ensure that this critical infrastructure is preserved and protected from any form of damage or vandalism to ensure un-interrupted street lighting and perhaps, going forward, " said Bamanyisa.    

Bamanyisa says currently they are hunting for Uganda shillings 100m to have the vandalized street lights fully repaired.    

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He says they are planning to put in place a toll free number for members of the public to report any form of vandalism against government infrastructure in the city.

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Samuel Kisembo, the Hoima Resident District Commissioner - RDC says currently they have stepped up security to ensure that no more street lights are vandalized.    

He has attributed the darkness on some parts of the city streets to vandalism asking the people of Hoima City to own government projects saying they are for their own benefits.