PLEASE DO NOT BAN PLASTIC BAGS USE, MANUFACTURERS BEG COURT.

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High Court Environment Judge Bernard Eboso who will rule on Friday whether the use and manufacture on Wednesday August 23,2017/PHOTO BY S.A.N.

High Court Environment Judge Bernard Eboso who will rule on Friday whether the use and manufacture on Wednesday August 23,2017/PHOTO BY S.A.N.

BY SAM ALFAN.

Will the court order continued use of plastic bags?

A ruling will be delivered coming Friday over their use and manufacture.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)has asked the court to suspend the ban to be effected from next week Monday.

Manufacturers argue that the gazette notice issued in March this year on the ban of plastic bags is tantamount to economic sabotage to millions of Kenyans who have invested heavily and depend on plastics bags for a living.

“The ban will lead to the loss of about 60,000 jobs directly, and another 400,000 indirectly, “claims KMA.

The association CEO Phyllis Wakiaga claims that there are gaps in the regulatory framework as well as weak enforcement mechanisms in the Gazette notice banning the use of plastic bags.

However, the government through lawyer Eredi Oscar dismissed the allegation and submissions by the applicants saying that the ban is specific and urged the court to dismiss the application on grounds that it has no basis.

It was the government position that the six months’ notice issued to the petitioners is reasonable, more so considering the fact the fact that there have been prior engagements with plastic sector since the year 2005 when the government first attempted to ban the use of plastic bags in the country.

Eredi submitted that there’s need to have a plastic free environment adding that Public interest outweighs the petitioner’s economic interest.

Meanwhile the government has ruled out extension of August 28 plastic bag ban order and said it has lined up to 40 manufacturers to exhibit on alternatives packaging materials from Thursday in Nairobi.

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