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People Power coordinator arrested over noise pollution

Moses Bigiriwa protesting in Kamuli

Moses Bigiriwa protesting in Kamuli

Police in Kamuli district has arrested Moses Bigirwa, the Busoga region coordinator of the People Power, a political outfit championed by Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine. Police says Bigirwa will be charged with noise pollution.

Bigirwa teamed up with other People Power sympathizers to sound saucepans, plates and jerrycans as a means of expressing dissatisfaction over the government’s failure to distribute food to all starving Ugandans after maintaining coronavirus lockdown restrictions for more than three months.

This is in line with a new opposition campaign dubbed 'No, Nedda', which was unveiled by Dr Kizza Besigye, the former president of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and Bobi Wine on Monday.

Through the campaign, the opposition called upon all the Ugandans who are hungry and angry, those still held home as restrictions on their businesses persist and all those who are dissatisfied with the current government, to drum whatever items they can every day at 1 pm to show their anger towards the government.

Bigirwa says that government distributed food to people within the Kampala metropolitan area and abandoned other equally hungry Ugandans in other parts of the country. As a result, he adds, the vast majority of Ugandans are suffering because of the measures brought about by the lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Speaking to journalists minutes before his arrest, Bigirwa stated a number of people have approached him for free food after the district taskforce ran out of stock but he has nothing to offer.

Michael Kasadha, the Busoga North police spokesperson says that Bigirwa who is detained at Kamuli central police station awaiting prosecution faces charges of inciting violence and noise pollution. 

The National Environment Noise Standards and Control Regulations, 2003 prohibit anyone from emitting noise for more than two minutes in a residential area. A person convicted of noise pollution is liable to a fine of not less than Shs 180,000 and not more than Shs 18 million or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 18 months or both.

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+1 #1 Akot 2020-06-16 23:01
There will never be another other than Museveni unless Ugandans bring down the tribalistic system, UNITE to block Mseveni & force him out!

Then police/army will have to go with Museveni to wherever he will retreat, or stay with Ugandans to whom tribal lands that form Uganda, is formed!

Even when Ugandans want tribal leaders in post, they will be installed immediately UNITY throws Museveni out & tribes will become Independent States!

When will Ugandans stop harassisng, arresting, blocking one another to let Museveni rule for life, then WHAT after the demon dies?

Why are Ugandans ensuring Museveni rules for life when power to bring change lies in their hands through their UNITY?
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0 #2 Wainaichi 2020-06-17 04:44
@ Akot..Neda.Neda ,you piece of pigs poo.Neda!! Muyaye.
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0 #3 WADADA rogers 2020-06-17 09:23
The National Environment (Noise Standards And Control) Regulations, 2003.Section 9(1) provides No Person Shall Emit Or Cause To Be Emitted, Or Permit The Emission Of Noise Resulting From Any Act Specified In Subregulation (2) If That Noise Is Clearly Audible At A Point Of Reception Or In The Neighbourhood For More Than Two Minutes Or Is Within The Prohibited Time In A Residential Area Or Noise Control Zone As Determined By The Local Council Under Regulation 5.

This does not apply in the instant case, clearly this does not apply to Bigirwa, he is not in a residential area and how is police going to determine that the noise made was for more than 2 minutes
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0 #4 WADADA rogers 2020-06-17 09:27
I think this is the reason why many people call the police force as the NRM coercive branch, they will do anything to please M7.

Isnt it true that many people are lacking what to it, isnt it true that districts outside Kampala and wakiso were not supplied food.
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