"Some of the plastic bags that were given for free to customers were more expensive compared to the current bags which customers are now forced to carry or buy and this is why we need to stop this culture before it gets out of hand," said Tembelio MCA Pius Kigen.

LIVES AT RISK

Majority Leader Josphat Lowoi accused supermarkets of putting the lives of Kenyans at risk by stuffing different goods in one carrier bag.

"Supermarkets should not take advantage of ban on plastic bags and punish locals. Our people should not continue suffering and being subjected to unhygienic and dangerous health risks.

"The implementation committee need to follow up on this motion and ensure that our county executive arm implements it fully as soon as possible," said Mr Lowoi, the Karuna/Meibeki representative.

However, two MCAs Sarah Malel (Kimumu) and David Keitany (Sergoit) opposed the motion saying it was meant to hurt the supermarket business in the county.

"All we need to do first is carry out a comprehensive market survey with a view of determining the real facts before victimizing supermarkets for not giving free bags.

"They must be having a reason why they ask customers to buy carrier bags or have their own," said Mr Malel.

"It is my humble request to this House that you give us ample time to look at the facts and see how we can assist both the locals and businesses over this issue," said Mr Keitany who is also the Assembly's Trade committee chairman.

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