Boniface Mwangi weighs in on plastic bag ban, slams Sh4 million penalty

Boniface Mwangi
  • Boniface Mwangi lamented that the proposed penalties for using plastic bags were foolhardy and punitive
  • Mwangi noted that the Sh4 million totally punishes the millions of poor people who plastics every day
  • He pointed out that plastic bags are used to pack food and store clothes, but also as mobile toilets in slums

Vocal Kenyan activist Boniface Mwangi has poked holes on the looming plastic ban countrywide from the 28th of August.

Through a social media post, Mwangi stated that the ban was another onslaught on the poor and blasted the huge penalties for violators of the ban as punitive.

“While l wholly support the ban on plastic bags, the proposed penalties for using plastic bags are foolhardy and punitive to the most vulnerable group of people.

“The idea that anyone violating the ban on plastic bags will be fined Sh4 million or a two-year jail term totally punishes the millions of poor people who use such bags every day,” wrote Mwangi.

Mwangi added that the measures put forward to curb plastics could have instead been targeted at the rich.

“The penalty for using plastic bags, like most laws in the country, will make the poor majority suffer even more. So if you're rich, you can get away with anything, but if you're poor, don't use plastic bags from 28th August or you will go to jail,” warned Mwangi.


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