Though it is one of the oldest municipalities in Uganda, Masaka has streets and markets that are perpetually in darkness, leading to a spike in crime.
Masaka Mayor Godfrey Kayemba Afaayo said last week that darkness in the municipality was one reason people closed their businesses as early as 6pm and opened as late as 8am.
“We cannot develop when our people work for very few hours. We have to create an environment which entices them to increase the number of working hours… ,” he said.
Good news is that the ministry of Energy has decided to finance a $1.4m (about shs 3.5bn) street and market lighting project for Masaka municipality. Funded by the World Bank, the project will light three streets including Katwe ring road, Katwe bypass and Hobert streets.
At a half-day workshop at Hotel Brovad on March 19, Masaka politicians, businessmen and officials from the ministry of energy and the World Bank agreed that the road from Masaka town to Nyendo should also be lit.
Source : The Observer