The Ugandan President banned the use of the plastic bags and ordered 45 manufacturers to stop churning the products.
In a statement read on his behalf on World environment day 2018 , President Museveni noted that the continued manufacture, useand poor disposal practices associated with plastics have added to the accumulation of the hazardous materials in the environment.
This is in line with a shelved law which had previously barred the use of plastic bags. With this move, Uganda joins Kenya and Rwanda in what might become a force of East Africa nation’s leading the way for a plastic- free Africa.
“This is a great move for Uganda. With the polythene bag sector in Uganda estimated to be worth millions of dollars, the responsible parties must now ensure that the ban is enforced effectively and manufacturers seeking to protect the industry brought to book,” said Ms. Claire Nasike, Greenpeace Africa’s Food for Life Campaigner.
She said the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) Uganda, needs to properly sensitized the public on the dangers arising from the use of plastics and their effect on the environment. “Additionally it needs to ensure that the implementation of this ban is effectively put in place by all the stakeholders so as not to hit a snag like the previous ban,” added Nasike.