11 January 2013

Kenya: Aspirants Urged to Apply for Environment Certificates for Campaigns

Aspirants should apply for certificates of compliance from the environmental authority to conduct campaigns.

National Environment Management Authority Murang'a director Ezra Ng'ang'a has asked aspirants to obey the law because the campaign period has not been officially declared.

He asked aspirants to apply for licences as he accused campaigners of causing a lot of noise pollution. "We are regulating these campaigns by issuing conditional licenses to the applicants whose validity is seven days but if they breach the terms we cancel the license without renewal" said Ngang'a.

Ngang'a, however, added that the conditional licenses do not apply to silent-designated areas such as learning institutions, hospitals, law courts and residential estates.

The director said they have embarked on surveillance throughout the county to monitor the campaigns adding that any person found contravening the law will be prosecuted.

"We would like to instill discipline and control noise pollution during this period to protect the interest of the public," added Ng'ang'a. He said they are trying to reduce noise pollution from entertainment joints, church crusades and other public meetings. "So far no arrests have been made but we are trying to sensitise the members of the public on the need for compliance," said Ng'ang'a.

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