Beatrice Anywar aka Mama Mabira now State Minister for Environment is set to revive the fight against polythene bags (Kaveera) with an aim for advocating a total ban on Kaveera.
Anywar acknowledges the need for a timeline to have the Kaveera phased out on the market but also lashed out at the business community accusing them of sabotaging the kaveera ban and taking advantage of the situation ie the implementation challenges.
In 2009, the Government announced a ban on all kaveera below 30 microns. However, the implementation of the ban faced challenges after several groups, especially the manufacturers, lobbied for a grace period to empty their stores of the polythene and subsequently many companies continued circumventing the ban.
Even after the 2009 ban on Kaveera, Uganda’s environment is still littered with kaveera as shops, supermarkets, markets, and vendors, among others, continue to pack items for their clients in kaveera despite the existence of non-woven bags.