I was carpooling home the other day with the guy who maintains the phone lines and some of the other communication stuff at the office. When we passed some ditches and large pipes along the side of the road, he excitedly turned to me to explain the latest scandal in town. The ditch project is apparently new water pipes. But overnight someone unburied the old phone cables that the new ditch had partially exposed, and cut the cables and stole them. You can supposedly get a decent price for them in Kenya or Tanzania.
Low and behold, when I got home that afternoon and picked up the phone, the line was completely dead. I'm sure the phone lines will not be replaced any time soon. Not that they were very reliable anyway, and probably should be replaced. But I hate to see backward steps in progress here.