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MPs Order Closure of Churches, Cinema Halls Without Soundproof

Members of Parliament on the Committee of Natural Resources have resolved that all noise generating churches, cinemas and disco halls that are not sound proofed should be closed.

The legislators led by committee chairperson Dr. Keefa Kiwanuka want the recently passed National Environmental Bill to be swiftly implemented to protect the citizens from noise pollution.

“The operators of disco, cinema halls and some born-again churches still polluting our environment with noise should quickly install soundproof,” said Dr. Kiwanuka.

Under the new bill, churches and entertainment halls failing to comply with the new environment policy will be charged a daily fee of Shs 200,000 or 3 months imprisonment of the proprietors.

“The National Environment Bill has simplified the fight against all forms of environmental degradation,” noted Kiwanuka.

Kiwanuka, his deputy Lawrence Biyika Songa and other members of the committee interfaced with journalists at Parliament on Monday in live a chat on the importance National Environment Bill passed last month.

Meanwhile Biyika who is also the MP of Ora County in Zombo district, urged the Ministry of Water and Environment to embark on cautious gazetting of land for various activities to keep residential places, schools and hospitals away from noisy areas.

“Peaceful public places like schools, hospitals and even residential areas should be separated from disco areas. Ministry of Water and Environment needs to protect people,” said Biyika.

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The National Environment Bill repealed the National Environment Act Cap.153 and replaced it with an act that conforms to existing Government policies and other relevant laws.

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