WARNING: We will now arrest you over polythene bags- NEMA

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National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has cautioned Kenyans that they are now eligible for arrest if found using polythene bags outside the stipulated NEMA guidelines.

The warning comes two weeks after the organisation banned the use of plastic bags in the country starting August 28th, 2017. As good will, the organisation had allowed a grace period for restricted use of plastic bags in a bid to help companies and citizens plan themselves accordingly.

NEMA communications manager Evans Nyabuto added that NEMA is now engaging county directors and county executives in charge of environmental issues to help enforce the ban. The body is also negotiating with the Red Cross, National Youth Service and potential recyclers to set up adequate drop off points for disposal of polythene bags.

Those who will still be found with polythene bags risk a fine of Ksh 2 to 4M or a jail term of one or two years or both.

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