By Brighton Makori.
Banning of plastic bags in 2017 was the noble idea for keeping the environment clean which has seen reduced harm and pollution, but it as emerged that in Kisii there is plastic bags which are being ferried from the neighboring county .
According to National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) officials in Kisii has emerged that there is small plastic bags alleged ferried from from Uganda and being used in the region despite a ban from the national government.
Speaking to Gusii star the county’s NEMA director Mr Leonard Ofula, noted that security officers at the border are being compromised by suppliers who later transport them to the region mostly using motorbikes.
” We have been working hard to ensure that we don’t have them in , our department has been doing commendable job, but we have isolated cases that have been reported, i call upon police officers to help us in this fight” he said
He singled out that there is some cases at Nyamataro which they are pursuing as the police in the region are still hunting for a dealer who is supplying plastic bags to traders at the region’s main market, Daraja Mbili and has been on the run since February.
“We will ensure that the perpetrates are arrested and arraigned in court. We can’t allow an individual to taint the good name of our county” he warned.
At the same time he noted that NEMA officials in collaboration with the police have started a crackdown to weed out the usage of plastic bags in the region.
Mr Ofula, also warned filling stations that are operating without approval from relevant authorities which has lead to closer of two filling stations at Keumbu over noncompliance.
“All filling stations must be approved by NEMA, Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) and the county government” said Mr Ofula.
Locals who will also be found using the banned plastic materials will be arrested and charged, risking imprisonment of up to four years.