Porous Kenya-Uganda Border ‘Frustrating Plastic Bags Ban

Nema's Busia County Director Edward Menza displays some of the plastic bags officials seized during a crackdown on July 2, 2019. PHOTO | GAITANO PESSA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By Daily Nation

Kenya’s long, porous border with Uganda remains the biggest challenge in the fight against smuggling of plastic bags, the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) has said.

The environmental watchdog has raised the alarm over rising cases of the crime, noting Uganda has not banned the products.

Nema’s Busia County Director Edward Menza said the porous border has remained a major route for smuggling counterfeit and illegal goods through Sofia, Marachi and Mayenje estates.

“The state of our border in Busia allows citizens of the two countries to cross over with ease. This has in turn derailed efforts to effect the ban in the region,” he said. Read more>>

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