Blantyre residents lament noise caused by churches, weddings

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Residents of Malawi’s commercial city have asked the Blantyre City Council to implement measures that will help curb noise in residential areas and other parts of the city.

Ndirande Township, one of the areas affected by noise pollution. (Credit: msujschoolinmalawi)

Ndirande Township, one of the areas affected by noise pollution. (Credit: msujschoolinmalawi)

The call follows the increase of ceremonies and events that are causing noise pollution in the city.

The residents have complained that they are falling to live peacefully due to the noise that comes from bottlestores as well as from events such as wedding ceremonies and religious meetings.

Reacting to the call, Blantyre City Council spokesperson Anthony Kasunda said that the council is fully aware of the problem.

Kasunda however complained that the council is currently powerless on the issue since it is waiting for a court decision on a similar case.

“We are fully aware of the issue right now we are just waiting for the court’s decision into the matter as we recently issued them a notice on stopping the public from causing this noise pollution,” he said.

According to Kasunda, the council respects the rule of law as such it will continue waiting for the court. He however promised the residents that the council will stop noise making functions in the city when the court gives it the power to do so.

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  1. Vuto ndi loti mulungu wao ndi gonthi so they shout and shout and shout and they’re are never satisfied ndiye amatenga PA system kuonjezera.

  2. Calling a church noisy, is an insult, let’s wait the time you will be on death bed, going to see your maker, you will need that noise but hop it will be to late then.

  3. hahahaha malawi wayamba kudana ndi phokoso ari phokoso kare mmmmm mwasowa chochita mungoputa nazo ndeu izi mukaletse anthu kumvera sound kusangarara chifukwa cha noise? aaaa taonani kaye mavut o afika potikwanawa zoona kumalimbana ndi phokoso kkkkkk mwasuta kanundu eti? talimbanai ndi a escom ndi water board kaye coz anthu amenewa zafika pa personal tsopano!

  4. Noise is one of characteristics of living things and it ix a sign of development.so y not noise?if u dont want noit depat there and find a gravioud where there ix noise at all.dont dstable!!!¡

  5. kkkkk kodi maukwatiwo amapanga tsiku lililonse, nanga mapemphero? eh eh zinthu izi zayamba lero? nanga kale mukawankhu kudandaula,samukani basi.

  6. Koma ngati muchita phokoso numuimbira Mulungu dziwani kuti palibe mulandu pamenepo Mulungu amakondwera nazo…..ngakhale David amkapanga phokoso kuimba azeze kumuimbira Mulungu…..Mpingo umatsatira komwe kuli anthu ndiye palibe cholakwika pamenepa ,a city muyambe kaye mwabweretsa magalimoto ochotsa zinyalala m’mataunimu chifukwa ndiye ndizomwe zikubweretsa phokoso loopysa kuona mbali inayi pali bin mbali inayi akugilitsa chips mandazi thobwa poteropo koma a city mukuona mkumadulitsaso chiphaso chogulitsira malonda bwanji muthane kaye ndizimenezo kenako zoimbira mukunenazo ,taganizani inu ku Lilongwe ku chakulamba phokoso lakelo anthu kumadya apo ena pamusi pake mkumachita chimbudzi Malawi wanga iwe iwe iwe ,busy ndi milandu yaingono koma katangale wanuyo kulephera kuthana naye eeeish

  7. if u need quiet places, why u stay in the ghetto samukanimoni mupite kwa mabwana nyambadwe n other place, inuyo munagura plot ku Bangwe n u expect to sleep in quite place kkkkkkk mwauponda

    • I dont agree. Kupata ndikosiyana. And the problem is it start with a house then shabeen then a registered tarven which makes noise thru out night. However dont forget that osaukawo ali nawo ufulu wokhala ndibata. That wil b coward to run away because of yo rights being violated by noise pollution. Rather stand for yo rights as a citizen. I have a right to sleep peacefully without disturbing other pple. And that have to be respected as i respect other pples rights. If it is the town counsil accepted it we wil hold them accountable to stop issueing licences without proper evaluation.

    • zoona ghetto ndichocho,ndiye kt plp ali moyo phokoso ikamaveka.Moyo ndikupapitilila basi.kkkkk ndizambiri zigayo zisokoselepo ife mumakhutu kt eee tikukhaladi ku town

  8. So let the residents join hands as well and also make their own noise and fade out the noise made by the churches and weddings. After all its not the wedding itself making that noise but those boys called DJs hired to be part of the wedding. In churches its the choir. So let’s stop hiring P.As and singing in churches. And these concerned residences should also stop making noise mwaung’onoung’ono because nawonso asokoseratu mpaka inuyo a Malawi24 mwamva phokoso limeneli akweh!
    But to be honest kuno nkumbali these wedding, music shows, church things as well as parties you make a lot of noise muma puloti tukhalamu. One day muzangozindikira tukuphwasulirani ma speakers anu mumatikwana nazo zimene kwabasi akweh!

  9. I think all 3 towns in Malawi city planners messed up. How can they mix residential sites, recreations, place of worships, schools and formal businesses together. And i am sure like liquor licence must consider time to shut down taverns. Yes everyone has rights but those rights must not disturb other pple’s rights. Its a national cris. I am sure that is noise pollution.

    • Spot on. In any location you are assured to be living next to a church, a prophet, a maizemill , resthouse, a bar or a criminal hideout

    • I think its time the city must make decision on sites. Because u find out that they is a school then 10m down the road they is a tavern. Most of these taverns start with a house then shabeen then convert to be a registered tavern. And who gave them these licence without inspection/evaluation? If it will be industrial site then no house, tavern, guesthouse will be accomodated. Same with residential. May be rules are there. But there are not followed and enforced.

  10. I think BT is a little bit quieter come to LL and visit Area 23 you will be in shock every Day is phungwe. what pains most is that pubs are in residential areas. and they play music through out the night. remember in residential areas. and city authorities entertain these things.

  11. Yes m’makwalalamu makape ena akutionjeza, mwachisanzo kuno kwa Mondiwa last week nyani wina anatsakula ngati masana uli usiku. Naye waku khotiyo apange changu tili ndi ana amachita study night koma zikumavuta.
    Komanso maufuluwa anyanya china chilichose tizingoti ndiufuluwanga aaaa zaziiii.