Police in Mukono have differed from Mukono municipal environmental
officers in controlling noise pollution from churches and open crusades.
police embarked on a campaign to sensitize the community against noise
pollution with a view to apprehending non-compliant persons and
entities. The focus was mainly on bars and entertainment centres.
the drive which started two months ago triggered complaints from
residents about the exemption of born-again churches. They argued that
apart from emitting uncontrolled sound, many Churches had erected megaphones on their rooftops, many of them in residential areas.
Moses Byamukama, the Officer in Charge of the Environment Unit at
Mukono Police Division, disregarded the outcry and cleared the operation
of Churches and other places of worship. Byamukama assured the
pastors of utmost freedom of operation, adding that unless a number of
complaints are filed
against them by their neighbours, they will face no interruption.
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was speaking after a meeting held at Mt. Lebanon Church in Mukono
Central Division. Earlier, the pastors had indicated that the complaints
were part of an evil move to fight the spread of the Gospel. Rosette Nakabirye, a pastor at Mt. Lebanon Church argued that calling the Lord out is biblical, spiritual and joyous and it cannot, therefore, be regulated by human legislation.
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Another pastor, Joseph Kakande says the laws were enacted without consultation and cannot, therefore, be used against the pastors.
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Mukono Municipality Environmental Officer George Masengere says that
the exemption of Churches may block efforts to control noise pollution. Masengere also notes
that the police’s move contradicts the Deputy Inspector
General of Police’s directive on enforcement of the noise pollution law.
the end of April, the Deputy IGP, Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Katsigazi
Tumusiime directed police across the country to enforce the noise
pollution law and regulate unnecessary sound both during the day and at night especially from bars, churches, construction sites and other places of social
According to Masengere, the directive coincided with the purchase of a sound level meter to
regulate noise in Mukono and warns that Churches will not be exempted from the regulation if they fail to comply with the guidelines as stipulated.
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Kamya, the Mt Lebanon Church lawyer, however, advises pastors to limit sound levels since once they are taken to courts, references
shall be made in line with the available environmental laws, not the