KCCA denies blocking worshipers
Posted Tuesday, October 1 2013 at 01:00
Not true. Kampala Capital City Authority boss says they have not issued any letter to the Muslim community banning them from having their prayers.
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) yesterday denied claims that they banned Adhan (calling of worshippers on loudspeakers), saying the rumour was aimed at tarnishing the Authority’s name.
KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi at a news conference, said: “I would like to inform and assure all members of the Muslim community that KCCA has not issued any letter to the Muslim community that is banning them from having their prayers. The rumour was generated and propagated by malicious people intending to tarnish the image of KCCA and cause public unrest.”
Ms Musisi explained that the said letter that alleges to ban Muslims from prayers was issued to various religious leaders for a stakeholders meeting that was scheduled for September 25 to share information and discuss plans to reduce the likely legal and social challenges while maintaining a peaceful environment.
“According to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), there are some conditions that it stipulates for the environment, especially in regards to noise pollution. Those were the rules that I wanted to make clear to our religious leaders so that they don’t get dragged to courts of law by some residents,” she explained.
She explained that recently, there was a case in court for a one Ahmad Mahera, a Kampala resident, who dragged Emin Pasha Hotel and KCCA for disturbing her peace with noise pollution and she won the case with a compensation of Shs20 million. Ms Musisi said she did not want other parties to fall prey to such cases.
“There is a nationally-accepted mode of calling people for prayers like ringing the bells, sounding drums and the Muslim Adhan, but other modes like sounding loud speakers in the late hours of the night are not accepted by the law,” she said, adding that they will soon deal with the street preachers whose activities she termed as illegal.