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KURA Losses furniture worth Sh500,000 in last days of 2020 due to destruction and vandalism

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 9- The Kenya Urban Roads Authority has announced that it lost furniture worth Sh500,000 in the last few days of 2020 on account of increased cases of destroyed and vandalized road furniture.

KURA Director-General Silas Kinoti through a statement on Friday said the authority had observed that vandalism started trending again warning the public against such acts.

“It has come to our attention that vandalism is rearing its heads again, KURA wishes to warn the public on this emerging trend by criminals destroying and vandalizing road furniture along our recently constructed roads,” said Kinoti.

The act has so far seen two individuals arraigned in court last week after destroying and scarting the median metal grill along the newly dualled Ngong road in Nairobi while another victim was sentenced to serve two and a half years in prison for the same crime along Outer Ring Road in Makadara court.

Other accomplices are said to be on the run.

Kinoti further urged motorists to drive carefully along the roads warning that it will act against anyone caught in the act.

“I urge motorists to drive carefully and warn vandals that the law will sooner than later catch up with them, they should prepare for dire consequences for destroying public property,” Kinoti added.

According to KURA,the country loses billions of shillings through destruction and theft of street poles and lights: traffic lights, guard rails, road signs and drainage slaps either through careless driving or simple destruction and vandalism.

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