Plas­tic bag deal­ers are hid­ing their stock

Nema di­rec­tor gen­eral Geoffrey Wahungu blamed them for fail­ing to de­clare their stock lev­els af­ter be­ing given time

The Star (Kenya) - - News | General - GIL­BERT KOECH @TheS­tarKenya

Plas­tic bag man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers are en­gag­ing Nema in a cat and mouse game. They do not want to de­clare their stock.

Man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers who sep­a­rately spoke to the Star said they are still await­ing di­rec­tions from court, as they have a lot of stock af­ter the ban took ef­fect on Au­gust 28.

Nema and man­u­fac­tur­ers have taken hard­line po­si­tions.

“I have huge stock in my shop amount­ing to Sh3.2 mil­lion. Cus­tomers are ask­ing us a lot of ques­tions about the plas­tics,” Rafiki Polythene Shop pro­pri­etor Milcah Wan­gai told the Star on the phone yes­ter­day.

Wan­gai, who has 10 em­ploy­ees, told the Star her money is tied up in the stock.

King, PIL and Stylo plas­tics, which are her sup­pli­ers, have since cut­pro­duc­tion.

Nema yes­ter­day clar­i­fied that plas­tic bags used for in­dus­trial pri­mary pack­ag­ing at source will not be af­fected.

Nema di­rec­tor gen­eral Geoffrey Wahungu said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that man­u­fac­tur­ers of ex­empted plas­tics will con­tinue pro­duc­ing pro­vided they fol­low spe­cific rules and con­di­tions.

Last Wed­nes­day, Wahungu blamed man­u­fac­tur­ers for fail­ing to de­clare their stocks even af­ter be­ing given time.

He said bags is­sued at duty free shops at air­port are ex­empted due to ICAO and IATA rules.

A man­u­fac­turer who ex­ports plas­tics, who sought anonymity, told the Star he is still in the dark over the ban. He has 600 em­ploy­ees.

On Au­gust 25, man­u­fac­tur­ers and deal­ers were dealt a big blow af­ter the High Court de­clined to sus­pend the ban.

Jus­tice Bernard Eboso of the En­vi­ron­ment and Land Court de­clined to is­sue tem­po­rary or­ders sought by the firms.

He said the need to con­serve the en­vi­ron­ment out­weighed com­mer­cial in­ter­ests.

The case will be men­tioned on Septem­ber 21 so a hear­ing date of the main pe­ti­tion can be set.

En­vi­ron­ment CS Judi Wakhungu banned the use of plas­tics in­Fe­bru­ary and gave man­u­fac­tur­ers un­til Au­gust 28 to clear their stock.


Ven­dors sell­ing bags and al­ter­na­tive car­ri­ers on Au­gust 22, 2017 /

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