Court to rule on effective date of plastic bag ban

Court to rule on effective date of plastic bag ban

BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,25TH AUG 2017-The High Court  is  on  Friday set to issue a ruling on whether the ban on the use, manufacture and importation of plastic  bags which expected  to take effect on Monday, August 28 should be suspended.

The petition which was filed on July 13 by importers, wholesalers and retailers of plastic bags seeks to have the ban quashed.

The ban was put in place vide a Gazette Notice by Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu on February 28.

Judge Bernard Eboso reserved his ruling following an urgent application by Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and businessmen Frederick Gichuhi and Stephen Mwangi who are opposed to the ban.

The importers and retailers of plastic bags implored the court to suspend the ban which they said if implemented, will see them incur heavy losses.

The petitioners  argue that  the legal notice of 2017 did not comply with the Statutory Instruments Act of 2013, also arguing that there was no adequate stakeholder consultation.

The National Environmental Management Authority NEMA has insisted that wide consultation involving relevant stakeholders were carried out before arriving at the decision.

The government has already stated that the deadline will not change despite opposition  from the manufacturers.

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