Tuesday May 13 2014

More than 2000 KCCA street lights stolen

Boda boda riders pass by the KCCA street lights

Boda boda riders pass by the KCCA street lights that were installed at Mbogo road along Kibuli Kabalagala close. PHOTO BY FAISWAL KAISRYE 

By Nelson Bwire

The Kampala Capital City Authority project to light up the city has suffered a major setback following reports that more than 2000 street lights have been stolen.

KCCA says those vandalizing the lighting equipment target poles, cables and bulbs, a vice that the authority’s public relations officer, Mr Peter Kauju, says is frustrating plan to light up the city.

Mr Kauju says those stealing the lights aim at hurting KCCA, which is wrong because it’s taxpayers money that goes to waste. He added that Mukwano Road area is the most affected by the vandalism.

Daily Monitor reported in March that most of the street lights, especially at Mukwano Road area, Yusuf Lule and Bombo roads have been nonfunctional. The KCCA supervisor for media and communication Mr Robert Kalumba, then said in an interview;- “Most of the street lights that are off were once working but due to theft of the wires, they went off. Vandalism is a big challenge to our operation."