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Gulu Residents Decry Noise Pollution

Stephen Okello, a resident of Kanyagoga sub ward in Bardege Division of Gulu Municipality says that that bars in the area play music to unbearable levels especially at night interfering with their right to sleep.
Youth dance from unregulated high music sounds during FUFA Drum tournament between Acholi and West Nile Province in Gulu - Photo by Dominic Ochola

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Residents in Gulu town have decried the excessive noise pollution in the area.  The

They note that noise pollution from night clubs and places of worships has increased sound to unbearable levels and has failed them to realize basic benefits such as peaceful sleep.

Stephen Okello, a resident of Kanyagoga sub ward in Bardege Division of Gulu Municipality says that that bars in the area play music to unbearable levels especially at night interfering with their right to sleep.

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According to Moses Laker, a resident of Gulu town attributes the increased noise pollution on leaders who have ignored and disregarded law enforcement on owners of bars and Churches.

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John Okwonga, the Speaker of Gulu District Council says local authorities have not been able to regulate excessive noise pollution because they lack the political will.

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According to the National Environment (Noise Standards and Control) Regulations, limit noise levels in residential areas to 65 decibels (dB) during the day and 45 dB at night.

It also stipulates that noise resulting from any acts such as yelling, laughing, clapping, shouting, pounding, and whistling and singing which is clearly audible in the neighbourhood for more than two minutes is illegal.

Only under special circumstances that the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the local council may permit the emission of noise for purposes of creating public awareness like on health matters, religious assembly, political debate or public hearing.

However, NEMA can reasonably issue noise emission permits with an understanding that it will not bring about public nuisance. Noise from fire brigade, bullion vans, and ambulances emergency to save life are permitted by the by-law.