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Road Signs Blinded as Campaign Season Heats Up

Nearly every single road sign along Rubanda-Kisoro highway in Rubanda district has been covered with posters of different aspiring political candidates.

The trend of covering road signs has since raised fear about the safety of people using such roads.

The signs now hidden behind campaign posters include those indicating speed limit, detours, construction work as well as hazards such sharp turns, steep hills among others.

The trend of covering signage Rubanda is most evident at Hakebitakuri Trading Center in Bubaare Sub County, at Hamurwa Town council and Murore Trading Centre in Rubanda town council, all along Rubanda Kisoro highway.

Some of the candidates covering the signs include Prossy Akampurira, Begumisa Mbabazi, Evelyne Ninsiima Kikafunda, Hilda Kabarungi, all contesting on the Rubanda district Woman Member of Parliament seat; Henry Musasizi and Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema contesting on the Rubanda East Member of Parliament, among other aspiring candidates.

Some of the residents have since expressed concern about this practice.

Molly Mugabirwe and Sharon Kusiima, who both own shops at Hakebitakuri noted that covering the road sign posts along the highway could result accidents affecting the residents.

They asked traffic Police and UNRA officials to intervene before the vice results to loss of lives.

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Elly Maate, the Kigezi region Police spokesperson says Police is already aware of the practice and that efforts are underway to start removing these signs.

Allan Sempebwa the UNRA spokesperson asked the politicians to be considerate.

“We request the political contenders, please spare our road signage for safety reasons. Don’t be the reason for road accidents.” Sempeebwa said.

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