By Richard Akandwanaho
Almost all road sign posts along Rubanda Kisoro highway in Rubanda district are covered with posters of different aspiring political candidates, which could increase road accidents in the area.
Road/Highway sign posts serve a number of purposes on the road. One purpose they serve is to alert drivers to the speed limit for a particular roadway. They also help bring attention to detours, construction work, and hazards, such as sharp turns and steep hills, thus helping in preventing road accidents.
Our reporter however made a visit along Rubanda Kisoro highway and observed that almost all the sign posts along the road are covered with posters of different aspiring political candidates in Rubanda district.
The vice is most evident at Hakebitakuri Trading Center in Bubaare Sub County, at Hamurwa Town council, Murore Trading Centre in Rubanda town council, all along Rubanda Kisoro highway.
The road sign posts are most especially covered with posters of Prossy Akampurira Begumisa Mbabazi, Evelyne Ninsiima Kikafunda, Hilder Kabarungi, all contesting on the Rubanda district Woman Member of Parliament seat, Hon Henry Musasizi and Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema contesting on the Rubanda East Member of Parliament, among other aspiring candidates.
Molley Mugabirwe, Shallon Kusiima, who all own shops at Hakebitakuri noted that covering the road sign posts along the highway could result to many accidents along the highway as road users cannot easily notice the portrayed road signs to follow for their safety while on the road. They asked traffic Police and UNRA officials to intervene before the vice results to loss of lives.
The Rubanda district Chairperson Jogo Kenneth Biryabarema said he is also bothered by the practice saying they are soon starting the sensitization of people living along the Highway about the disadvantages of covering the road signs.
The Kigezi region Police spokesperson Elly Maate who said that Police is already aware of the practice described the habit as unfortunate saying it is likely to accelerate road accidents along the highway unless it is stopped.
Maate said that they have already informed traffic Police in the district to remove all posters covering the road signs adding that Police shall arrest whoever will found in the practice.
Our reporter could not get a comment from Eng. Augustine Kabanda the Uganda National Roads Authority station engineer in-charge of Kigezi region as he could not receive our calls.