In Summary
  • Nancy Wangari Roberts was found selling 17 types of the carriers by officers from Nema on November 6, 2017.
  • In the ruling, Nyeri Senior Resident Magistrate Phillip Mutua noted that Nema proved the charges beyond reasonable doubt.
  • The ban, which was imposed after a delay of more than eight years, prohibits the manufacture, sale and use of plastic bags.

A Nyeri town trader was on Friday morning fined Sh50,000, with the alternative of spending six months in prison, for selling the banned plastic bags.

Nancy Wangari Roberts was found selling 17 types of the carriers by officers from the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) on November 6, 2017.

Ms Wangari, sister of Nyeri politician Githinji Cocorico, was found selling the bags at Mudavadi market along Gakere street in Nyeri town.

She is the owner of a retail shop named Cocorico Polythene Centre.

DEFENCE

In mitigation through lawyer Charles Karweru, the businesswoman asked for a non-custodial sentence, saying she was diabetic and a first-time offender.

Ms Wangari also contended that when the ban took effect on August 28, 2017 she had not exhausted her stock.

She also claimed police inspector Phillip Nguthu violated her rights by searching her shop without a warrant.

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