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Arua City Council on Spot for Failing to Regulate Campaign Posters

As campaigns take shape, candidates vying for various political positions in Arua City are struggling for free space on walls, poles, trees and other places to put up their posters.
Several campaign posters glued on to a construction site in Arua City. The City authority has ee lamed for not regulatig such practices.

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The Arua City Council has come under the spotlight for failing to regulate numerous campaign posters and mini bill boards that are flooding most streets of Arua city.

The City council currently has no by- law in place to regulate the placement and management of posters which has resulted into generation of more garbage and use of ungazetted places to place posters.

As campaigns take shape, candidates vying for various political positions in Arua City are struggling for free space on walls, poles, trees and other places to put up their posters.

According to Juma Shesa, the Returning Officer Arua City said it’s the role of the local authority to guide politicians on where to put up or not to put posters and ensure proper enforcement regulations.  

// Cue in; You can put posters.…

Cue out; put in illegal places…." //  

Many politicians have also taken to scrambling for a 300 metres wall fence of Arua hospital to put up their posters considering it is free space. But Dr. Filbert Nyeko, the director Arua hospital has blamed the local politicians for not living to their moral obligations of observing the law and maintain cleanliness in the display of their campaign posters. He said the hospital management cannot delve in to exerting control over the hospital wall fence unless there is a backing from the local council.   // Cue in; Those are the politicians.…

Cue out; to do anything…. "//  

However, Isa Kato, the Mayor Arua city who is also seeking re-election says there is no by-law to regulate campaign posters and that this has increased garbage on the streets of the town. According to Kato, the City council is considering tasking the environment office to undertake some enforcement since the City has no councilors at the moment to establish a regulation. 

// Cue in; Our City is.…

Cue out; generating garbage…." //   

Meanwhile, Cornelius Jobile, the Deputy Clerk Arua City says there is already concern on the increasing burden of garbage arising from pulled down posters, which presents the authority with a likelihood of seeking to come up with a by-law. He adds that in the previous elections, annually the then Municipal council used to collect about UGX 30 million, but this time they project to lose over UGX 10 million from campaign platforms, since many people have shifted to use private facilities. 

// Cue in; Largely we don’t.…

Cue out; 10 million is lost…." //   Currently many candidates and their campaign managers competitively use night hours to flood streets with their posters while some of them have resorted to nailing mini billboards on trees along streets in the town.