KAMPALA – Mr Arnold Waiswa Ayazika, the Environmental Inspector of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has ordered the proprietor of Banana bar-Bugolobi to comply with the maximum permissible noise levels.
This comes after Ms Pamela Ankunda took to her Twitter page and expressed her discontent towards the bar.
“Banana bar, wrongly located in a residential area, blazing music beyond the accepted standard, @NEMA report on this available. Revelers helping themselves at people’s fences/walls, car parking and blocking people’s gates, WORST: located near kindergarten. WHY?,” reads the tweet.
In a statement dated December 19, 2019, Mr Ayazika noted that after an inspection by NEMA, findings revealed that the bar was emitting noise in excess of the permitted levels.
“Your facility is not soundproofed as required under regulation 8(I) of National (Noise Standards and Control) Regulation, S.I, No. 30/2003,” reads an excerpt.
He added that the bar doesn’t have an installed sound level meter for measurements and monitoring of sound generated from the facility.
“Contrary to regulations 12(I) of Noise Standards and Control Regulations 2003, you have no authorization from the authority to emit noise in excess as required under the said regulations and didn’t put measures to reduce them,” he said in a statement.
Mr Ayazika further gave the proprietor of the bar seven days upon receipt of the notice to inform NEMA of the steps taken to comply with the directive.