Busia County Government will hold stakeholders’ meetings in Busia and Malaba next week to chart the way forward over last Monday’s ban on plastic bags by the National Environment management Authority (NEMA).
County Executive Committee Member for Environment Bernard Yaite revealed on Wednesday that the stakeholders meeting will be preceded by public barazas in all the seven sub counties to enlighten the public on the need to obey the law to avoid hefty fines.
” We shall also enlighten stakeholders and other interested parties on the need to venture into job opportunities related to the production or distribution of synthetic materials that will replace plastic bags.
Let’s support this new move by Nema so as to conserve our environment. Our sewerage system are frequently clocked by plastic bags. Farmers have also faced numerous bottlenecks while animals have died have eating plastic bags. We should resort to traditional baskets made of sisal to carry our goods,” he said during a press conference in his office.
Yaite said the National and County Governments were in consultations with other East African Community Member states and travelers to ensure that countries which have not complied with the plastic bags ban should follow suit.
Some traders had complained that the notice to impose the ban on the plastic bags was short and appealed to Nema to suspend the ban for at least three months to give them time to look for alternatives.
However, Yaite said time was given before the ban was effected. ” The debate to ban plastic bags started in 2007 with many workshops held across the country. For now we should cooperate to implement the directive for our own benefit.”
Nema has clarified that has not closed companies that manufacture plastic bags. Firms were free to continue manufacturing the streams that were not banned. Carriers bags and flat bags were have been banned.
Photo: Busia CEC for Environment Bernard Yaite addressing the press in his office on Wednesday.