Mbarara - Western Uganda's Dark City


At nightfall Mbarara town, the business hub of western Uganda, which has been approved for city status, is expected to be well lit on streets and adjoining lanes. However, this proposed city is as dark at night as a cinema hall.

The town is consumed by darkness, with the only lighting coming from vehicles and security lights hung on private buildings. On the major streets: Mbarara High Street, Mbaguta Street, Buremba Road, Markhan Singh Street, Garage Street and Bananuka Drive, there is no single security light.

There are only a few and scattered dim bulbs lighting traders’ shops and stores. The other lighting that flashes on the streets is from lumps of motorcycles and vehicles racing around in the night.