Works Minister Orders Police to Shoot Road-Sign Vandals

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State Minister for Works Engineer John Byabagambi has ordered police in the Kigezi region to shoot on sight all those found vandalizing road signs along the Kabale-Kisoro road.

State Minister for Works Engineer John Byabagambi has ordered police in the Kigezi region to shoot on sight all those found vandalizing road signs along the Kabale-Kisoro road.
 
Byabagambi was today officiating at the handover of recovered road signs by the police to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Kabale branch. The road signs were recovered from the homes of the locals.
 
A group of 8 people were in mid December arrested for vandalizing and stealing road signs along the newly constructed road.
 
In November, President Yoweri Museveni ordered district leaders and the police in Kabale and Kisoro to recover the stolen road signs before the end of 2012.
 
Byabagambi says that the road signs and the reflectors are put in place for safety purposes but it is unfortunate that they have been vandalized by selfish people.
 
Byabagambi adds that more police officers have been deployed on the Kabale-Kisoro road and also ordered to shoot at all those who are found stealing the road signs.
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Kigezi regional Police Commander Olivia Rosemary Wabwire says that the police have been sensitizing the locals on the need to have the road signs and reflectors in place.She revealed that the rate at which the road signs are being stolen is alarming and that they must use all the force to combat the problem.
 
She says that people are using the stolen materials for making saucepans, knives and as building materials.
 
Kabale UNRA station Engineer Robert Byekwaso says that UNRA has also partnered with security agencies in the area to curb down the vice of vandalism.
He says that there are some buildings which have been identified to have been built using stolen road signs.