Government bound to make money out of the acts of the opposition. Now these fellows whose vehicles are registered as having hooted are not safe as they may be held by Police and to be free and or recover vehicles they will have to pay, not forgetting the embarrassment they may face in the course of being arrested or deciding to leave the cars parked home! People must be extra careful when wanting to participate in such.
William Kituuka Kiwanuka
DID YOU HOOT ON MONDAY?
By Andrew Bagala
Posted Thursday, May 26 2011 at 00:00
Police are hunting for drivers or owners of 130 vehicles with the intention of arresting them for allegedly participating in the Action for Change hooting campaign on Monday.
Field force units will today mount roadblocks on routes to the city centre to impound the listed cars.
Kampala Metropolitan spokesman Ibin Ssenkumbi said the hunt of 67 cars and 72 motorcycles is ongoing. “We are looking for the drivers of these cars on several offences of noise pollution in the National Environment Regulations of 2003 and the Traffic Act,” Mr Ssenkumbi said yesterday.
The ride-drive-and-hoot campaign by blowing a vuvuzela or hitting any object was launched on Monday by Action for Change coordinator Mathias Mpuuga. The campaign is a supplementary effort to the walk-to-work protests, called by the pressure group to demand that the government responds to the high commodity prices.
Noisy city as hoot campaign begins
Hoot at your own risk, police tell protestors
The campaign happens every day at 5pm and yesterday, military police were involved in running battles with Kisekka Market vendors, who joined the hoot campaign. Mr Ssenkumbi said some cars obstructed traffic while others hooted repeatedly contrary to the section 9 dealing with prohibition of generation of noise by place and time prescribed in the National Environment (Noise Standards and Control) regulations of 2003.
But Mr Mpuuga dismissed the police summons, saying they had no case to answer because the police must prove before a competent court that noise they made was beyond the standard one.
“Police should also provide to court evidence in digital manner of the noise each motorist emitted,” Mr Mpuuga said yesterday. The law indicates that anyone convicted of making noise beyond the approved levels is liable to a fine of not less than Shs180,000 and not more than Shs18m or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 18 months, or both.
Police said the owners of the motor vehicles and cycles should report to the nearest police station to avoid arrest.
Some of the wanted vehicles
UAN 96 1K
UAP 11 OF
UAP 11 OF
UAH 38 1Y
UAK 301 L
UAK 301 L
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