Concern As Theft Of Road Signs Increases In Hoima

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Officials at UNRA Hoima say the rampant theft has left almost all major roads in the area without such important road signs. Robert Musisi, the UNRA Assistant Engineer Hoima area, says the road authority has repeatedly replaced the stolen road signs in vain.

Theft of road signs has hit Hoima leaving district officials as well as and Uganda National Roads Authority—UNRA staff concerned.
 
Officials at UNRA Hoima say the rampant theft has left almost all major roads in the area without such important road signs.

Robert Musisi, the UNRA Assistant Engineer Hoima area, says the road authority has repeatedly replaced the stolen road signs in vain. He says the Hoima-Kampala road has been the worst hit as all the road signs there have been stolen.

Recently Robert Kato, a welder in Hoima town was arrested with a road sign believed to have been stolen from one of the roads. Although the welder claimed that it had been brought to him by a client, Engineer Musisi says this confirms a belief by the UNRA that the road signs are being stolen by welders, builders and scrap dealers.

Musisi is however optimistic that the new initiative by the authority to use plastic and concrete road signs would address the problem.

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Early this year, UNRA announced plans to begin using plastic and concrete road signs in place of aluminium and metallic road signs being used now. Announcing the new strategy in March, Dan Alinange, the UNRA head of Corporate Communications, explained that on top of being less attractive to thieves, concrete and plastic road signs were cheaper.

Earlier, state minister for works, Eng. John Byabagambi, had ordered the Police in Kigezi region to shoot on sight any person caught stealing road signs. The minister was reacting to reports regarding the rampant theft of road signs in the region.

In July, Hoima drivers complained to Traffic Police Director Dr. Steven Kasiima over lack of road signs on major roads in Bunyoro. In their petition, the drivers blamed the problem for the many road accidents in the region.