Kabale Residents Demand Street Lights in Entire Municipality

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Edmund Kato, a resident of Karubanda cell in Mwanjari ward, says the absence of street lights forces him to close his business by 7pm for fear of being attacked by criminals.

The concentration of street lighting on only the main street in Kabale municipality has irked residents. Reynolds Construction Company-RCC installed solar lights on the main street early this year following the upgrade of the 2.3 kilometer road stretch.
 
 
The lights start from the roundabout on Main Street to Rwakaraba. Residents want the street lights extended to Nyakijumba along Kabale Mbarara road, Mwanjari along Kabale-Katuna road and Bwankosa drive among other areas.
 
 
According to residents, most of the places without street lights have become a safe haven for criminal gangs. Edmund Kato, a resident of Karubanda cell in Mwanjari ward, says the absence of street lights forces him to close his business by 7pm for fear of being attacked by criminals.
 

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Derrick Ainamani, a resident of Nyakijumba in Rushaki ward in southern division, says following the installation of street lights from the Roundabout to Rwakaraba, criminals relocated to their area and target people walking to their homes.
 
 
Ainamani, who makes chapatti for survival along Kabale-Ntungamo highway, says she is forced to close her business due to lack of power.  He believes the extension of power to the area will boost his business.
 

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Emmanuel Sentaro Byamugisha, the Mayor Kabale Municipality, says the solar lights were provided for under the road project. He however, says they are in the final process of securing Shillings 80 million to extend street lights from the roundabout to Butobere junction along Kabale-Mbarara road.
 
Byamugisha says they will install security lights in phases until they cover the entire municipality.
 

 

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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.