KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi says preachers have to operate within the city laws.
PIC: KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi meets Church leaders. (Courtesy photo)
By Pius Kyanda
KAMPALA - Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has banned the use of loud speakers by street preachers in Kampala.
Last week, KCCA issued a decree banning street preaching, a directive Pentecostal church leaders condemned saying the move was an attack on Christianity in the country.
In a meeting attended by several Pentecostal church leaders at City Hall, KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi said street preachers have a right to spread the gospel but they have to operate within the KCCA laws.
And one of the laws prohibits the usage of loud speakers, seen as pollution in public space.
"The purpose of this meeting is to see how the activities of preaching the gospel and managing the city can find a meeting ground and observing the laws of the city," said Musisi.
"We have not changed the law, but having said this is a law, how do we, like we have met for example in sanitation. We have met people and said 'this is what the law says' but how do we implement the law in terms of practical application," Musisi told the meeting.
After the meeting, Bishop Herbert Buyondo said: "One of the things we are going to do is give them identification. But we have agreed and resolved that loud speakers be stopped because loud speakers don't go well with the public . . . sound pollution and all that, they are uncontrolled. Therefore, loud speakers, no."
Meanwhile, Pastor David Kiganda said that a select committee of 12 people was formed to make recommendations to KCCA on how street preaching can be regulated, which Pentecostal church leaders welcomed.