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NEMA defies Rugunda, confiscates Shoprite buveera


Approximately 39,600 tonnes of polythene waste is released into the environment and most of it accumulates in the soil each year in Uganda.


The Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, has spoken out on a directive by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) banning the use of polyene bags locally called buveera.

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) issued a public notice that with effect from 15th April 2015, the ban on the use of Buveera (Polythene bags) which had been imposed in the 2009/10 National Budget would be implemented.

Rugunda says he was approached by representatives of Uganda Manufacturers’ Association (UMA) and Kampala City Traders’ Association (KACITA) who met him yesterday April 14, 2015.

They raised concern about this ban which was meant to take effect on 15 April 2015.

“I advised them that the implementation of the ban would be postponed while discussions with relevant Ministries and other stakeholders are being finalised.”

When the public reacted to the Prime Minister’s statement, Rugunda clarified that “the PRINCIPLE of the need to protect our shared environment through many ways including the ban on the use of the kaveera is not in question.”

“Friends, I have read your comments and feedback about the implementation of the ban on the use of buveera.”

He said what Ugandans need is a properly coordinated approach for effective implementation.

“We also need effective public education and awareness to ensure personal responsibility by each one of us at all levels to ensure proper waste disposal, that we do not litter and throw garbage everywhere, so that collectively, we protect the environment.”

The ban on polythene bags is intended to conserve the environment and ensure people live in a healthy environment.

NEMA said it started its operations to enforce the ban on buveera starting with Kampala’s five divisions.

Reports say they confiscated all polythene bags at Game shopping centre in Lugogo.

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