Day two of the plastic bags ban by the National Environment management Authority elicited mixed reactions among Busia traders on Tuesday with some backing the move while others calling for more time before the ban could be effected.
Leading supermarkets Tesia and Frank Matt took an early precautions to purchase synthetic bags to cushion again the ban by NEMA of the plastic bags.
Tesia manager Joseph Mwaura said they were fully stocked after purchasing enough stock of synthetic packaging material from Kampala after failing to get a place to buy them in Kenya.
Like his Frank Matt counterpart Nicodemus Ikoche, they lauded NEMA for imposing a ban on plastic bags saying it will help conserve the environment which had been littered with plastic bags.
However, some customers complained that they were being charged on the synthetic bags which was additional costs they never anticipated. Others complained of incontinences of having their goods packed in cartons.
A charcoal seller Margaret Maiga said they are happy with the Government for imposing a ban on plastic bags. ” There is no cause for alarm since our customers will be served with sacks whose cost rangers from Sh10 to 30 depending on the quantity required,” she said.
The proprietor of Jamhuri Shop which sells synthetic bags said the demand for the bags was picking up and hoped his business will start booming with time following the ban imposed on the plastic bags.
A boda boda operator Henry Ogola expressed fears of the imminent outbreak of cholera especially among pineapple consumers and urged Nema to look for alternative means before imposing total ban on plastic material. Some customers were using newspapers to wrap pilled pineapples which was unhygienic.
Mitumba seller Faustin Ngina said they buy children’s clothes already wrapped in papers bags. ” If we remove the polythene papers they will be exposed to dust and clients will refuse to buy them. We need time to adjust to the condition,” she said.
Shops which used to sell bulk polythene papers remained closed while hawkers specializing in the polythene bags were also conspicuously absent from the streets.
Photos: Small scale traders at Soko Posta in Busia Town on Monday.