A recent report from East Africa has indicated that mosques have been banned from using loudspeakers for the call to prayer in some parts of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda.
According to the report, the ban affects Nyarugenge sector where the largest mosques in the city are located.
Havuguziga Charles who is the district head of Nyarugenge, reportedly told the BBC Kinyarwanda service that the new regulations were meant to reduce noise pollution in the area.
He, disclosed that the imams have taken the ban in good faith and have guided their members accordingly.
In his words, –
“I have found that they have begun to respect it (the ban) and it has not stopped their followers from going to pray according to their praying time.”
However, some Muslim association officials have criticized the ban, stressing that it would have been better for an agreement to keep down the volume and limit the usage time for loudspeakers.
Recall that Rwandan officials had also clamped down on many Churches for breaching building regulations and for noise pollution too.
The crackdown on worship centers, according to Rwandan authorities is in line with a new law seeking to regulate religious organizations in the country.