The Mayor of Harare, Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni has mooted plans to push council to review noise by-laws.
The Mayor said the move is in response to a number of complaints raised by residents in many Harare suburbs who have been subjected to incessant noise, mostly at night.
“Churches have been major culprits. They have been pitching their sound equipment at levels that have disturbed many neighbourhoods in the city,” said Manyenyeni.
He added that he will be raising the issue with council to see that the by-laws are reviewed.
“I am not anti-church, in fact my elevation to Mayorship was through some divine intervention,” said the Mayor.
The City of Harare’s noise by-laws are found under the Urban Councils Act, Section 180, Harare (Noise) By-laws; 90/95. The weak link has been their enforcement. There has been no fine schedule for violating the by-laws.
As highlighted in Harare News Issue 5, violators of noise by-laws are taken on a case-by-case basis, and often it takes lengthy periods before the matter is investigated and judgement passed.
“There has been no schedule of fines for breaching the city noise regulation. Public entertainment venues should have a licence that controls the way certain activities are run. These may have conditions attached to them, which require specific measures to minimise noise,” disclosed Engineer Nyabeza, Director of Inspectorate at City of Harare.