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"We don't care who will lose their jobs what matters is the environment and were not going back," says Environment CS Wakhungu.


The plastic paper bag ban is still an issue of contentious after the Association of Manufacturers and the Ministry of Environment fight over the control of the wealthy business. The Ministry said that it will not take any care about the number of people who will loose jobs but the environment.


The Environment CS Judy Wakhungu urged the people to back him up as the ban will make the country more clean and free from the global warming threats.


“My ministry takes the issue of waste management seriously,” Wakhungu said, minutes after KAM, the National Environment Management Authority and the academia traded blames.



Carrier bags with handles, with or without gussets, or flat bags without handles and with or without gussets will not be allowed in the market. Being found with plastics will attract a fine of between Sh2 million and Sh4 million, or a jail term of between one and two years, or both.


Paper, cloth, canvas, sisal, papyrus bags or shoppers’ own bags will now be the alternatives. However, manufacturers are still crying foul.



The Government gazetted that by the end of August people should not be using polyethene bags. Anyone found with a plastic bag will be charged in court or face 6 Months jail term. It is indicated that more than 500,000 people will lose their jobs directly and more than a Million people will be jobless indirectly.


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