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Residents to pay KES 20 000- 300 000 for spitting in town

28 July 2015, 10:20 Jane Zack

Busia - Residents of Busia County risk being fined between KES 20 000 and KES 300 000 if found spitting within the town, once the Busia County Waste Management Bill is assented into law.

This was revealed by the Busia County Executive Committee (CEC) Member in charge of Water, Environment and Natural Resources, Bernard Yaite who noted that the Assembly is still working on the bill.

Speaking to the press in his Busia office, Yaite said that people in the County will be restrained from spitting, throwing cigarette buds and dumping litter anywhere within the town.

"Residents of Busia County might end up paying hefty fines if found spitting within the town once the Busia Waste Management Bill is assented by Governor Sospeter Ojaamong to become law," Yaite said.

He said that those who violate the law will appear before the Busia Environment High court.

The executive member reiterated that dust bins will be placed at verandas of all shops in town, adding that buses will be forced to instal litter baskets for their passengers.

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"Plans are underway to give instructions to drivers and conductors of all buses about the Busia County Waste Management Bill once it becomes law so that they can fit them with baskets where passengers can dispose of dirt," said Yaite.

He added that his Ministry has embarked on a cleaning exercise in Busia and Malaba border towns since they are international entry and Exist points to the Great Lakes Region States.

"We have employed women and youth to clean Busia, Malaba, Bumala, Port Victoria and Nambale towns daily in order to keep them clean," said the CEC.

He also revealed that burning of charcoal will be regulated by the Busia County Forest Association Bill which is already in the Assembly waiting to be worked on.

"Charcoal burners will have to apply for permits from the County government before being allowed to engage in the business otherwise they will be arrested and prosecuted henceforth" Yaite warned.

He stated that there will only be ten power saws that will be allowed to operate in each sub County, adding that those who violate the law will be fined between KES 20 000 and KES 500 000.

"Importation of timber from neighboring countries into Kenya will be monitored at Busia and Malaba borders in order to establish how safe the products are as one way of curbing smuggling of such products," he observed.

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