Red Cross move to teach peo­ple on plas­tics ban

Any­one who’s found car­ry­ing or us­ing the out­lawed bags will be fined heav­ily or jailed

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties | Northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephen astariko

The Kenya Red Cross So­ci­ety is ed­u­cat­ing res­i­dents of Tana River and Garissa on the re­cent ban on the use of plas­tic bags.

Nema has said any­one found car­ry­ing or us­ing plas­tic bags will be fined be­tween Sh2 mil­lion and Sh4 mil­lion or spend two years in jail, or both.

Ac­cord­ing to Tana River vol­un­teers team leader Idriss Guyo, the drive is meant to en­gage reg­is­tered youth groups in cleaning shop­ping cen­tres of plas­tic bags, as one way of ed­u­cat­ing the pub­lic on the ban.

The plas­tic bags ban took ef­fect on Au­gust 28.

“This is a demon­stra­tion cam­paign by the Kenya Red Cross vol­un­teers to cre­ate aware­ness on the ban. Those in the know will ed­u­cate their folks on the new di­rec­tive and its implications,” Guyo said.

He said Kenyans who have no ac­cess to ra­dios, TV or so­cial me­dia plat­forms are likely to suf­fer, be­cause they are not aware of the ban.

“I urge the gov­ern­ment to use chiefs, as­sis­tant chiefs and head­men to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the ban,” Guyo said.

He said the cam­paign will move to Mororo and other cen­tres.

“You re­alise that our peo­ple, es­pe­cially those from the re­mote ar­eas, are still car­ry­ing plas­tic bags, un­aware of the huge penal­ties if they are caught,” Guyo said.

The about 30 youths col­lected plas­tic bags and bot­tles that have blocked the drainage sys­tem.

Youth leader Shukri Ibrahim thanked the Kenya Red Cross for the ini­tia­tive and urged the Tana River county gov­ern­ment, NGOs and well-wish­ers to help the youth and women to reg­is­ter their groups.

“Many Kenyans, es­pe­cially those in the ru­ral set­ups, are not aware of the ban and may land in prob­lems with the law. There must be a sus­tained cam­paign to ed­u­cate the pub­lic be­fore the law is fully ef­fected,” Shukri said.

He urged the gov­ern­ment to give the busi­ness­peo­ple time to clear stocks of plas­tic bags in their pos­ses­sion.

/AMOS KERICH

Dis­carded plas­tic bags on a Nakuru town street on Au­gust 28

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