Police razes illegal political structures in Kasese


Police yesterday teamed up with Kasese Municipal authorities to demolish all illegal structures in the town.

The demolition followed a letter dated January 4th by the Town Clerk, Mr. John Behangana, addressed to the District Police Commander.

He said he has noted with concern that some political parties have constructed illegal structures without permission and more so in unauthorized places in an effort  to drum up publicity and support for their candidates.

“While it is appropriate to publicise your political party or candidates as well as activities, it should be done in an acceptable way that does not antagonise the trade under local government act cap 243,” the letter reads in parts.

It adds: “In a view of the above, I ask all concerned to remove all the makeshifts where they have been erected without permission not later than Jan.10.2016.”

He directed that any structures that have been erected in road reserves and other public spaces should be removed with immediate effect.

Mr. Behangana further noted that the municipal authorities wrote to the candidates who wish to hang their posters to go for guidelines but only a few of them obliged.

He said the municipality authorities are charged with the planning and the beautification of the town and therefore whoever does not abide by rules and regulations, the municipality has the mandate to put the posters or structures down.

The District Police commander Mr. Godfrey Maate said police will continue working with the relevant authorities to raze any illegal structures in town.

“Some of these illegal structures pose a security threat as residents had started drumming at night and some had started sleeping in them,” he said.

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