A Chuka Magistrate court has sentenced a middle aged man for six months for being in possession of the outlawed plastic bags.

Justine Kirimi who was arrested on June 25, 2019 was given the option of Kshs 30,000 fine.

The court heard that Kirimi was arrested when a patrol group comprising of police and National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) officers, staged an impromptu search at Kibugua Market in Tharaka Nithi County where they found the bags in his shop.

According to the prosecution 25 small sized and 62 medium sized clear plastic bags were confiscated during the search.

While delivering the ruling Chuka Chief Magistrate John Njoroge ordered that the bags be destroyed in the presence of the court and the prosecution at a later date.

The plastic bag ban was placed in an Environment Gazette Notice of 2017 under the patronage of the then National Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Prof. Judy  Wakhungu.

The Gazette notice that was described as draconian by many who were opposed to it banned the use, manufacture and sale of environmentally harmful plastics, polythene bags and packaging materials.

The  ban came in August 2017 one faces up to four years imprisonment or fines of $40,000/£31,000 for anyone found producing, selling or even just carrying a plastic bag.

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