Suspected vandals are slowly destroying the steel fence around Mbarara Independence Park. So far the vandals have stolen 80 steel bars from the fence exposing the park to stray animals hunting for pasture.
Keith Abaho, a resident of Mbarara Municipality faults the authorities for failing to secure the park and protect the green space from destruction.
According to Abaho, there is need to protect the park, since it is the only remaining green belt in the town, which people can use to relax comfortably.
Florence Asiimire, a regular visitor to the independence park, says the facility continues deteriorating by each passing day. He says the situation will continue worsening unless deliberate steps are taking to protect the park from vandals and stray animals.
Ronald Twesigye, a vendor in Mbarara town, says there is need for the municipal authorities to mobilise money and repair the fence to save the park from destruction. Johnson Munono Baryantuma, the town Clerk Mbarara municipality describes the destruction of the fence around the independence park as irresponsible.
According to Munono, they have put the law enforcement team on the high alert to arrest those vandalizing the fence of the park. Captain Martha Asiimwe, the Mbarara Resident District Commissioner, says the destruction of the fence to the independence has been brought to her attention and is being investigated. She says it is a bad habit for residents to vandalize property that is meant for their own good.
Ibin Senkumbi the Rwizi Regional Police spokesperson blames the high rates of vandalism on the high demand for scrap.