The Engineering division of Kitgum Municipal Council has initiated the restoration of solar-powered street lights that are currently not functioning.
According to Kitgum municipal town clerk Ayuub Kisuubi Alikwan, this repair initiative was prompted by an evaluation conducted by the department, revealing that 25 streetlights had been either damaged by vandalism or had encountered operational issues.
Ayuub mentioned that due to financial constraints, they were only able to allocate 15 million Ugandan shillings from the Uganda Road Fund, which would be utilized to repair 10 streetlights. The remaining 15 lights will be restored gradually in subsequent financial periods.
He urged the public to remain vigilant regarding the newly fixed solar light units, emphasizing the challenges associated with the high repair costs.
Echoing Ayuub’s concerns, Kitgum municipal mayor Richard Ojara Okwera emphasized that the inactive solar street lights posed a security threat. These lights were providing a secure haven for criminal gangs to ambush locals during the night, leading to incidents of assault and theft involving money, possessions, and other valuable items.