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Politicians warned against littering political posters

By Lawrence Mulondo

Added 18th August 2020 05:26 PM

Several political candidates' posters are littered everywhere in the city, even where they are not meant to be.

Politicians warned against littering political posters

A cyclist rides past political posters put up on a temporary perimeter wall in Nateete, a city suburb. Photos by Lawrence Mulondo

Several political candidates' posters are littered everywhere in the city, even where they are not meant to be.

POLITICS|ELECTIONS|KCCA

KAMPALA - Aspiring political candidates in the fourth coming elections have been warned against littering the city with their political posters.

The Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) spokesperson, Daniel Nuwabiine, issued the warning, Tuesday, saying pinning posters anywhere is against the law.

"Several political candidates' posters are littered everywhere in the city, even where they are not meant to be, so we want to warn candidates against this act," Nuwabiine said.

He explained that section 6 of the National Physical Planning Standards and Guidelines of 2011, prohibits putting up posters and any other advertisement in the city without authorization from the authority.

"These guidelines give conditions against cluttering the city with flyers, adverts on poles and on boundary walls," he said.

He tasked city dwellers to desist from putting posters on road islands and walls without the rightful authority, saying it is illegal and punishable.

 

"The law provides stringent punishments and fines will be slapped onto the offender, once caught," Nuwabiine said.

However, he revealed that they are planning an engagement with stakeholders regarding the 2021 General elections, especially the aspirants, before they enforce the law.

The deputy Lord Mayor, Doreen Nyanjura said the matter of littering the city in the elections' time is to be discussed by the city executive to find a solution.

The law

Under the law, anyone who posts or affixes any notice, bill or other paper of a frivolous, vexatious, abusive or improper nature on any public board or to any board, wall or other place, or writes or draws anything of such nature on any board, wall or other place commits an offence.

Therefore, the cost of the removal, storage or notification borne by the Council in disposing of the object shall be paid by the owner of the object, if ascertained, and may be recovered summarily as a civil debt.

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