Lucky Landono | The Avro Post
Rwanda has prohibited mosques in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, from using loudspeakers during the call to prayer.
The government says the calls, made five times a day, have been disturbing residents of the Nyarugenge district, home to the capital’s biggest mosques.
However, an official from a Muslim association criticized the measure, arguing they could keep the volume down instead of banning it.
In February, the government also closed down around 700 churches for not complying with building regulations and noise pollution.
The government says the Muslim community has complied with the recent ban.
“I have found that they have begun to respect it and it has not stopped their followers from going to pray according to their praying time,” Havuguziga Charles, a local official from Nyarugenge, said.
The government continues to curb substandard churches across the East African country.
Dozens of small Pentecostal churches and one mosque were closed during the crackdown on substandard religious buildings in Rwanda.
The government argues the measure has been taken due to some preachers deceive their congregation with misleading sermons.
But some preachers have accused the government of trying to control their message to congregants in a country accused by human rights groups of suppressing free speech.
The majority of Rwandans are Christian and Muslims make up around 5% of the population.
More details to follow. Image of Rwandan parliament from Ventures Africa.