Kisumu County Government has banned prayer crusades in public places in a bid to fight noise pollution.
A notice to religious groups by City Manager Abala Wanga noted that residents have expressed concerns over the increased number of crusades and night vigils.
“The City Management is in receipt of several complaints from the general public on the increased number of crusades and kesha within public spaces of residential areas in the city,” read the notice in part.
It went on; “Notice is hereby given to all religious institutions to ensure that all public religious gatherings in estates and residential areas are stopped and held within their church premises and not in any public space.”
Failure to comply will lead to institution of legal action in conformity to section 137 and 140 of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act 1999Abala Wanga
The notice also instructed religious gatherings to install sound proofing devices within their main worship areas to ensure containment of sound.
“Take further notice that you are hereby directed to reduce the notice which we have noted to be excessive to the permissible levels (up to 45dB) within your premises,” stated the notice.
“Failure to comply will lead to institution of legal action in conformity to section 137 and 140 of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act 1999.”
The notice disseminated on November 3, 2022 was copied to the County Directorate of Environment, Inspectorate and Public Health, which are set to oversee its implementation.