In Summary
  • The ban on plastic carrier bags came into force on August 28.
  • While seconding the motion, Ng'enyilel MCA David Sing'oei said that the ban on plastic bags should not be used by supermarkets as an excuse to mistreat customers.
  • Majority Leader Josphat Lowoi accuses supermarkets of putting the lives of Kenyans at risk by stuffing different goods in one carrier bag.

Uasin Gishu ward representatives have passed a motion that will force supermarkets in the county to provide alternative free carrier bags following the ban on plastic bags.

While moving the motion, nominated MCA Catherine Barmao said after the ban three months ago, supermarkets had forced customers to buy alternative carriers instead of providing the bags.

"Supermarket attendants have made a habit of mixing all manner of goods into one bag unlike the past where food stuffs and detergents were separated. This is unhygienic and unacceptable," said Dr Barmao.

BAN

The ban on plastic carrier bags came into force on August 28 and there has been public outrage over the move by supermarkets not to pack their goods after sale.

While seconding the motion, Ng'enyilel MCA David Sing'oei said the ban on plastic bags should not be used by supermarkets as an excuse to mistreat customers.

“Plastic bags were costly even before this ban, yet our supermarkets could generously afford them and even branded them. Right now those supermarket attendants boldly throw in everything into one bag. This is unacceptable,” said Mr Sing’oei.

When the floor was opened for debate, majority of the ward representatives supported the motion while questioning the reason behind supermarkets forcing customers to buy their own bags.

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