The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has partnered with the Sebei community to combat vandalism and theft of road signage along the Kapchorwa Suam Road. This 77km road, which is nearing completion, stretches from Kapchorwa Municipality to the Suam Border post in Bukwo district before connecting to Kenya.   

Eng. Kenneth Kasenene, the Commissioner at the Ministry of Works and Transport, stated that this decision arose from recognizing that the perpetrators are likely within the community. Engaging the community can help identify, warn, or hold these individuals accountable. 

He emphasized that the sub-region benefits from this infrastructure and, when educated on road safety measures, the community is better positioned to protect it, alongside local leaders and UNRA.  

Kasenene noted that some of the strategies include extending road safety campaigns to nearby schools, boda boda stages, and trading centers where signage plays a critical role. He urged stakeholders to foster a sense of self-law enforcement, highlighting the cross-sectional developmental significance of the road.    

Grace Lalwenyu, a consultant at China Civil Construction Company, encouraged the community to embrace road safety messages transmitted through various media channels, such as radios, fliers, and direct engagement from UNRA.  

Akena Christopher, the Police Traffic Officer for Kween District, explained that theft of road signs is prevalent in Binyiny Town Council, Cheminy Trading Center, and Kapkwata in Kween District. In Bukwo District, the issue is significant in Kisangani near the resettlement camp. He cautioned the culprits to desist from this practice, warning that they risk legal consequences.

The road, being constructed by the Chinese firm China Civil Construction Company Limited for 143.7 billion Shillings, is financed by the African Development Bank. Upon completion, it is expected to enhance cross-border trade between Kenya and Uganda.

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