Chipinge Times Reporter
Mutare – Residents of Mutare’s most populous suburb, Dangamvura are up in arms with night clubs where noise pollution is emanating from in their area.
They told Chipinge Times in interviews that they can barely sleep and called upon Mutare City Council to evoke by-laws against noise pollution.
They allege that music blares from speakers up to as early as 4 am leaving no time for people to sleep.
“We can’t sleep particularly on Friday and Saturday nights when there are shows at these nightclubs and children cannot do their homework or read as a result of the noise. People sleep in church on Sundays because they don’t get enough sleep at home,” said Ebinah Muronzi, a Dangamvura resident.
Most complained against by residents are Rozvi Bar and Grill (Creche Yamadhara) in Area T, Dhunza Night Club in Boka Section and Mutare Motoring Club.
The last three weeks was a particularly a torrid time for the residents as shows from some of the country’s most popular musicians were lined up.
Mutare Motoring Club brought Jah Prayzah aka Mukudzei Mukombe who did not only attract a huge gathering but belted songs until 4am. This was followed with a joint-show two weeks later between man of the moment Freeman HKD boss (Slyvester Chizanga) and Kelvin Kusikwenyu (Killer T) of the ‘Ndakangodaro’ fame. The show only ended at 6am.
Mutare deputy mayor Farai Bhiza said council has by-laws against noise pollution and urged the night club operators to invest in sound proof equipment.
He called upon City Council management to check the situation and ensure that the nightclubs are operating within the prescribed hours.
“There are by-laws that take care of noise pollution in the city and urge operators to invest in sound proof equipment. We work together with ZRP in that area and I am sure they are doing their work,” said Bhiza.
Manicaland Motoring Club chairman Vonesi Masanganise acknowledged the problem and said that noise is particularly difficult to manage when there are musical shows. He however, said that his Club hosted just one show a month. He said that such show was crucial as clubs cannot break even through beverage sales alone.
Manicaland Motoring Club gets the relevant clearance whenever it hosts big events, added Masanganise.
Edward Gopo owner of Rozvi Bar and Gazebo rubbished the noise pollution concern saying the bars were built a long time ago when they were few cars and most people didn’t have lots of monies to spent on beer drinking.
Daniel Magaisa owner of Dhunza night club sang from the same hymn book with Gopo adding that his bar is very far away from residents.
Residents also made complains against littering in areas in the vicinity of the night clubs including throwing used condoms, plastic bottles empty beer cans all over. They also complained against congestion caused by vehicles which get parked in private places including residential areas.
On that Masanganise said his club is going to rent the Pavilion ground which belong to Mutare Polytechnic when live shows are held
“After every show we clear litter in the area. Going forward we engaged Poly to use their pavilion grounds for parking if we are to host another big event,” he said.
“I am 60 years and I need to sleep peacefully but I barely can do that during weekends because of the noise coming from Manicaland Motoring Club.We also need to go to church and its difficult after a sleepless night.
“Our councillors are letting us down, these are the issues they should sitn and discuss in their meetings including the relevant by-laws,” said Mukonzi from Ward 11.
In the past when you had a party till late and you did not notify neighbours, Police would stop it. There is a law where consent must be obtained from residents for one to establish a private school, a bar or any such establishment. What has happened to such citizens’ right?”, queried John Chinyai.
He alleged that Go… Bar and Gazebo did not have adequate ablution facilities and this results in revelers peeing everywhere. He said that business lines like nightclub needs regularization from residents before they are established.
Regai Tsunga, a former MP for Mutasa South said it was better for night clubs to hold live shows during the day and play soft music during the night.
He also called upon them to employ adequate marshals for the control of motor vehicles