By Alice Lubwama
The National Environmental Management Authority has blamed its failure to implement the ban on polythene carriers bags commonly known kaveera to varying interests of the cabinet.
While interfacing with members on the parliamentary committee on natural resources, the Executive Director National Environmental Management Authority Dr. Tom Okurut noted that despite their efforts
to enforce the ban, there were varying multiple interests from cabinet which affected the implementation process.
Okurut further says that with the sensitization by NEMA and Uganda Revenue Authority most of the plastics factories had started to comply with the law.
In April 2015, NEMA had started on the operations to implement the ban on kaveera but later it in June temporarily lifted the ban on polythene bags, on claims that it was consulting with manufacturers.
The inter-ministerial committee was set up to study the issue and report back to cabinet, but up to now the report has not come out.
The manufacturers of plastic materials said that this ban would affect them since they had invested highly in recycling plants, asking government to allow them establish more plastic waste recycling plants in the country for waste management.