By Sania Babirye
Hearing of a noise pollution case against a re-known city pastor Aloysius Bugingo has flopped today at the high court in Kampala.
The case involves Over 200 residents of Makerere zone in Kawempe division kampala district who dragged pastor Bugingo accusing him and his church of making noise for them.
It had come up for hearing before justice Andrew Bashaija but this could not go on because the trial Judge is currently away on official Leave.Hearing of the case has now been pushed to the 2nd of October 2019.
On the 12th of February this year, the residents led by a 85 year old Hajji Ali Sserunjoji sued Bugingo accusing him and his House of prayer ministries of producing excessive remission of noise.
The petitioners claim that before Pastor Bugingo constructed his Pentecostal church in 2015, they enjoyed a quiet , serene and clean environment but currently their peace and serenity has been taken over by his temporal church structures and its noise that comes from it.
These are also suing the National Environmental Authority and Kampala City Council Authority which they are accusing of failing to regulate the amount of noise emitted by pastor Bugingo’s church day and night as required.
They are now seeking court to cancel pastor Bugingo’s license which permitted him to erect a church in a residential area or compel both NEMA and KCCA to regulate the emitted sound to the approved 60 decibels.
These are further demanding that Pastor Bugingo pays them damages for infringing on their right to enjoy a serene and health environment for now close to 3 years .