KCCA, NEMA in Reducing Noise Pollution (1)
Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson.

As part of its efforts to address noise ordinances, the Environmental Police announced Monday, Feb 28 that it will extend its support to fellow government agencies, the KCCA and the NEMA.

The Environmental Police Monday, Feb 28 announced that it will extend support to fellow government agencies, the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) in tackling noise ordinances.

According to Fred Enanga the police spokesperson, the environmental security forces continue to receive complaints of alleged noise pollution from the public. He said sound, as long as it distorts the peace of another individual is prohibited in the country.

“In our country, it is unlawful for any person to willfully make or continue or cause to be made any loud, unnecessary or unusual noise which disturbs the peace and quiet of any neighborhood or causes discomfort or annoyance to any reasonable person, of normal sensitiveness residing in the area,” he raised.

Enanga however, said members of the public need to understand that, because something is loud, it does not mean it’s illegal. He said there are exceptions including sounds overheard when there is emergency work, public health and safety activities and industrial zones among others.

The police spokesman explained that it will be the duty of the police environment team to determine the magnitude of the noise pollution before a decision can be taken. 

Enanga said many aspects will be considered including time of day and zoning of the area.

“Therefore, the task team will jointly determine the standards, as to whether there is a noise ordinance violation or not.”

”These include; the sound level of the objectionable noise, the proximity of the noise to residential sleeping facilities, nature and zoning of the area, from which the noise emanates, time of day-night the noise occurs, duration of the noise and its musical content, whether the noise is continuous, recurrent or intermittent.”

In addition, he said the task team will only declare a noise act as disturbing, excessive or offensive after visiting the venue with a sound meter and determining whether the sound level is acceptable or not. 

“Chronic noise producers who refuse to cooperate or follow the prescribed mitigation plan shall be subjected to civil penalties, court action and suspension of outdoor amplified or acoustic music for a period.  

The mitigation plan may include restrictions on days of the week, or hours of noise-producing activity, structural changes, reviews, revision or termination of the plan,” he added.