People Power coordinator arrested over noise pollution

People Power coordinator Moses Bigirwa arrested
Moses Bigirwa, the Busoga region coordinator of the People Power

Kamuli, Uganda | URN | 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 15, June 2020.

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 1pm to show their anger towards the government.

People Power Moses Bigirwa coordinator arrested over noise pollution
Moses Bigirwa, the Busoga region coordinator of the People Power makes an outcry as was called on by Dr. Kizza Besigye to show government dissatisfaction every day

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.

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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.