Blantyre City Council bans weddings, bridal showers in residential areas

Blantyre City Council has with immediate effect banned holding of wedding, engagement and bridal shower ceremonies in residential areas.

Kasunda:  Blantyre City Council bans noisy ceremonies in residential areas

Kasunda: Blantyre City Council bans noisy ceremonies in residential areas

The council says in a statement that the move “is aimed at curbing noise pollution in residential areas”.

This comes two years after Director of Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services for the Blantyre City Council Sylvester Mitini-Nkhoma told Nyasa Times that the council has been receiving complaints from some residents of various townships about noise that comes from bridal showers, birthday parties, kitchen top-ups and wedding ceremonies that are held within residential areas.

According to BCC Public Relation Manager, Anthony Kasunda, the Council has noted with great concern the increase in the number of houses being turned into arenas for public ceremonies such as weddings, engagements and bridal showers in residential areas contrary of zoning of the same as residential areas under the Urban Structure Plan of the City of Blantyre.

Blantyre City residents have been complaining against the increased noise pollution in the City and according to Kasunda, it is the mandate of the Council to ensure that all the residents live in a peaceful and orderly manner.

“It is further deplorable that this is happening without getting development permission to change use of the said premises from residential to commercial.

“The Council has the legal mandate to take action against those providing venues to such events which may include prosecution,” said Kasunda.

He therefore reminded the general public that the “City belongs to all of us and therefore it is important to maintain peace and avoid disturbing others”.

“The Council is, therefore, hereby banning holding of public ceremonies such as weddings, engagements, bridal showers and other public functions of a similar nature in residential areas with immediate effect.

“And further take notice that if any person fails to comply with this notice — the Council may confiscate from him the instruments being used to cause the said noise nuisance and, where the Council does so, it  may recover as a civil debt, in any court of competent jurisdiction, from that  person or persons , the expenses necessarily incurred by the Council in enforcing this Notice and he may be prosecuted by the Council,” said Kasunda in a statement addressed to Blantyre residents and copied to the Malawi Police Service.

But critics argued that the city authorities are likely to lose the battle on noise pollution as the bylaws do not specify sound level limits for various areas considering that the city council does not have equipment to measure sound levels.

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Muchana
Guest

This is how malawians do their business. Why don’t they just go to these places and tell them to close the places? If you attend a wedding meeting, you will gather all these places and their contact phone numbers. Their information is public and you do not need a newspaper to send this message for you. Ulesitu uwu. This shows that you will just talk and do nothing like the other fellas. Munali kuti zaka zonsezi takhala tikudandaula?

Chagwa.
Guest

Better for us,next shuld be bars in residential places,yu hardly sleep whole night. its hell on earth,lets have sanity. thumbs up city assembly

tikhala
Guest

Lets face facts – the noise is there- nobody is being jealous here! Sometimes one has a migraine headache nde choimbira chimakhala ngati chikulira mmutu momwemu. We really need to look at ways to respect the rights of the person next door!

A city, I wish you luck- inenso zandikwana- si jealous ayi knoma I need my peace too!

tikhala
Guest

Lets face facts – the noise is there- nobody is being jealous here! Sometimes one has a mograine headache nde choimbira chimakhala ngati chikulira mmutu momwemu. We really need to look at ways to respect the rights of the person next door!

A city, I wish you luck- inenso zandikwana- si jealous ayi knoma I need my peace too!

Daniel Phiri
Guest

What about religious singing and night of prayers in neighbourhoods? These too must be banned. Not all of us appreciate such noise

nm
Guest

Moslems should give their followers headphones so that they don’t wake everyone up as if their God is deaf.

Padangotero Sigelege
Guest

Bravo Chalamanda………ulesi thoo…mijedo thooooo……..phokoso thoooooooo mxiiiiw……easy money…learn to work hard

Suarez Gaba
Guest

Muyelekeze kubwera ku Bangwe tione ngati simuzachoka chothawa. Mwina muzabwere ndi ma Tata ozaza ndi asilikali ankhondo. Apo bii, muzaphesa ogwira ntchito anu.

nm
Guest

Next Lilongwe City please

jestone
Guest

Thats true mumanyanyadi kusokosa azanu akugona more fire BT.

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