Noisy churches set to be BANNED

Noisy churches are set to be clamped down as Harare City Council has taken a stringent stance against noise pollution.

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According to the Harare (Noise Amendment) and (Control of Worship in Open Spaces) by-law, it is illegal to worship and make noise in open spaces.

Lately, Harare has seen a lot of open air churches springing, from apostolic sects to Pentecostal churches. Some of the churches incorporate the use of instruments in praise and worship much to the annoyance of nearby residents.

Speaking to the Sunday Mail, Harare City Council spokesperson Mr Michael Chideme said the local authority would not hesitate to ban all churches that break the law.

“The city fathers respect the right to belong to a religion and we want it to flourish, but we are against noise pollution in the name of the gospel.

“Churches are disturbing other people’s peace by their public address systems and musical instruments.”

Mr Chideme said religious gatherings that use electronic sound systems should soundproof their buildings.

He said all churches that had been allocated council land should erect permanent buildings in accordance with the city’s by-laws.

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