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
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.…
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.…
out; generating garbage…." //
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
Cue in; Largely we don’t.…
out; 10 million is lost…." //
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.