By Our Reporter
High Court has issued a temporary order stopping the alleged loud music and noise pollution from Green Lounge Bar which is owned by city businessman, Bob Kabonero, which is adjacent to the home of Justice Andrew Bashaija.
According to the new orders, Kabonero has been stopped from playing music until the main case in which Justice Bashaija sued him over noise pollution is heard and determined.
“An order herein issue against the 1st (Kabonero) and 2nd (Green Lounge Bar and Restaurant), their agents or succession in title trading as Green Lounge Bar and Restaurant at Ministers’ village in Muyenga, Kisugu Parish opposite the applicant’s residential address from emitting noise whether from music played or from revellers in the night until the determination of Misc. 0040 of 2020 is fixed for hearing on February 17th,” the February 3 order that was issued by the court’s deputy registrar, Ms Sarah Langa, reads in part.
Justice Bashaija dragged Kabonero to the High Court Civil Division seeking orders of a permanent injunction against him for causing excessive noise pollution.
Mr Kabonero is jointly sued with Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
Justice Bashaija wants court to compel KCCA to cancel the license that was given to Bob Kabonero to operate the bar in a residential area.
Justice Bashaija states that he is the registered proprietor of property comprised in Kyaddondo, Kisugu which is his residential home for the last 20 years.
Justice Bashaija states that the bar has continuously and willfully emitted irritatingly loud music and noise from revellers and caused excessive noise pollution to him and his family as well as his tenants.
The judge contends that noise creates great discomfort, disturbance and inconvenience thus affecting the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of his home especially at night.
He says in the petition that if his tenants vacate, he will lose income yet there are diminished or no chances of him getting other willing tenants to pay similar rental fees.
Justice Esther Nambayo set February 17 to hear the application.