Hoteliers cry out over noise pullution law

The Rwanda Hotels and Restaurants Association (RHRA) has decried the noise pollution rules, which the City of Kigali issued, recently, to further control noise pollution in the city.

The Rwanda Hotels and Restaurants Association (RHRA) has decried the noise pollution rules, which the City of Kigali issued, recently, to further control noise pollution in the city.

The new guidelines requires bars, churches, event organisers and entertainment spots to fit sound-proof equipment in their premises.

But speaking during a general assembly, on Tuesday, the head RHRA, Dennis Karera, said although the idea is plausible, it has effects on businesses.

“We must respect the rules, especially when it comes to protect the rights of the citizens, but it’s equally important to appreciate how some decisions affect businesses,” said Karera.

He argued that music is important in the hospitality industry as it attracts customers.

Protecting the public

However, Chief Supt Bosco Rangira, the regional police commander, Western Province, defended the directive, saying the rights of citizens must be respected.

“Yes, we want a vibrant city where the public can enjoy themselves, but we also mind about those who might be affected by loud music,” he said.

Rangira said the authorities are aware of the impact of the new rules, but that there must be cooperation to ensure that there is peace and security.

The new rule, among others, imposes a fine of Rwf100,000 on offenders.

However, authorities maintain they are determined to ensure sanity in the city.

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