Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana

Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana

The Minister for Internal Security, Sheikh Musa Fazil Harerimana has warned religious leaders to control noises made during worship otherwise they could face serious sanctions as provided by the Rwandan constitution.

The minister said: “the freedom of worship should not interfere with public serenity and peace, thus church leaders should be cautious when using instruments and loud speakers during worship.”

The call comes at a time when many residents especially in Kigali city have raised complaints over church noise, loud music from bars and dancehalls in the neighborhoods.

It’s provided by the city of Kigali guidelines on noise pollution that residents can report such cases as a matter of insecurity.  Such complaints have seen many bars and clubs getting closed but churches have been able to get away with it.

Kigali City has over 500 registered religious based organisations. According to article 600 of the Penal Code, any person found guilty of making noise in a way that troubles other people, shall be liable to a term of imprisonment of between eight days and two months or a fine ranging from Rwf50,000 to Rwf1 million, or both

The security official and church leaders agreed that noise that goes beyond their premises should stop with immediate effect and collaboration should progress in future to curb such issues of insecurity.

At the meeting, held yesterday September 18,  the Mayor of the City of Kigali Fidel Ndayisaba, also raised a concern on the hygiene and choice of places of worship saying that some of them don’t represent a good image of the churches and some hygiene measures be taken therein.

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