The Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs has told candidates in the 2021 general elections to stop displaying campaign posters in the city without permission from the Authority or else they'll be subjected to the weight of the law.
Benny Namugwanya, the line minister, told journalists Friday that while Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) issued guidelines on the display of posters, it continues to see "haphazard placement… advertisements in form of fliers, placards and billboards in areas that are not authorised for such purposes".
The Authority has also observed "uncontrolled noise in the city," the minister said.
The posters are being placed on road junctions, roundabouts, road islands, pavements, street poles, trees, perimeter wall and many other non-gazetted locations within the city.
The minister said these campaign material have "virtually constrained both motorists and pedestrians from easily navigating through the city, led to accidents, increased littering that has also led to blockage of drainage, noise emission and pollution... to mention but a few".
As per Section 97 (4) of the National Environment Management act, 2019, a person who places, deposits or allows any waste to be deposited on his or her premises or on private property, public street among other areas is "liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding Shs11 million".
The Physical Planning Act 2010 and the National Physical Planning Standards and Guidelines 2011 requires one to seek permission from the relevant authority to place or display any advert or undertake any development including erection of billboards.
A person who contravenes this law, on conviction, is liable to a fine to exceeding Shs960,0000 or imprisonment not exceeding two years or both.
That being said, the ministry urged the public to cooperate with KCCA and desist from the said acts.
Dates for presidential elections are yet to be announced but for local government and parliament, elections will commence on January 1, 2021, beginning with the election of councillors for Older Persons to the sub-county/town/municipal/division and end on Feb. 3 with the election of sub-county/town/municipal/division chairpersons and councillors.
Campaigns will begin on Nov.9 with directly elected MPs on Nov. 9 and end with sub-county/town/municipal chairpersons and councillors on February 1, 2021.