Crime

Nine arrested over bar noise pollution in Kira

The suspects in police dentention pending procession of their charges related to noise pollution

Wakiso, (UG): The Territorial Police at Kira division is holding nine (9) suspects who were arrested for noise pollution in Kireka-Bweyogerere in Kira Municipality.

According to Police Spokesperson SCP Fred Enanga, preliminary facts gathered indicate that on Sunday, September 10, 2023, at around midnight, concerned residents reported to police, that there were a number of bars that were playing loud music, making it uncomfortable for residents in the area to sleep.

“A Joint Task Team from Kira Division and Bweyogerere carried out a counter operation and arrested 9 suspects from the 3 bars, of Sam, Obed and Simon,” Enanga said.

He identified the suspects as Byarugaba Peter, Akandunda Brenda, Tumuheki Deus, Kansime Osbert, Kashanya James, Andabati James, Pandi Ramathan, Atiku Simon and Obita Robert.

Accordingly, police also recovered several exhibits and speakers which Enanga says will be used in the process of investigating the alleged charges against the suspects.

It remains to be seen if the suspects once charged will be compelled to pay a fine for breach of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) regulations on noise pollution.

In a notice issued earlier this year, the leadership of KCCA noted that various places of worship and entertainment continue to emit noise beyond the permissible levels, despite notification of the regulations.

The National Environment (Noise Standards and Control) Regulations, 2003. (Under sections 28 and 107 of the National Environment Act Cap 153) stipulates that no person shall, for an activity specified in Regulation 6, emit noise in excess of the permissible noise level, unless permitted by a licence issued under these Regulations.

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