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Masaka Municipality Fails to Maintain Street Lighting Project :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Masaka Municipality Fails to Maintain Street Lighting Project

Masaka municipality has failed to maintain the installed lights due to financial constraints, leaving the streets in total darkness. Records indicate that the municipality requires at least 21 million Shillings every month to keep the lights functioning.
Some of the fixed Street Light poles in Masaka that have become a burden over maintenance

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A World Bank Funded street-lighting project in Masaka is slipping into a white elephant due to the failure by municipal authorities to maintain it. The system was procured as part of a government programme to extend coverage through the Kawanda-Masaka-Kimwanyi hydro power line in 2013.

An allocation of 3.6 billion Shillings was committed to installing lights in Masaka municipality main markets and streets. Under the community contribution arrangement, the Ministry Of Energy covered 13 kilometers on roads and streets within the municipality with 560 powered lights which were commissioned in June 2017.

However, the municipality has failed to maintain the installed lights due to financial constraints, leaving the streets in total darkness. Records indicate that the municipality requires at least 21 million Shillings every month to keep the lights functioning.

Florence Nagitta, the municipal councilor for the elderly persons says the streets have become a problem and a source of public rage and insults targeted at the political leaders.

Robert Kambugu Ssenyonga, the municipality works committee secretary acknowledges that the project is now a liability to the municipality. Kambugu says that their committee has already recommended the conversion of the system from hydro to solar power.

 

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Kambugu has also expressed concern that the ineffective project has lately put them at conflict with the Masaka Resident District Commissioner Herman Ssentongo, who is allegedly using the shortfall to incite the public against municipal leadership.

 

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Masaka Municipality Mayor Godfrey Kayemba says that that the municipal council can no longer afford the power bills, after losing control of the management of Taxi parks which were their main source of local revenue

 

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Kayemba explains that the ministry has since declined to convert the lights to solar which prompted them to reserve them for emergencies and festive seasons.

 

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RDC Herman Ssentongo described as baseless, the arguments of loss of revenues from Taxi parks, arguing that municipal authorities have instead failed to manage the project.

 

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