Home NEWS County News Smuggled plastic bags wreak havoc in Malaba Town

Smuggled plastic bags wreak havoc in Malaba Town

Residents of Malaba have raised concern over increased usage of Plastic bags in Kenya four years down the line since they were banned causing blockage to the drainage and sewer line system in the town.

They spoke during a hybrid-forum organized by Malaba municipality to enable residents to articulate on pertinent issues they would like the municipality to  address in order to boost the operation and status of the municipality.

Channel 1

Led by Joseph Etyang from Malaba South Ward, the resident noted that poor planning is the main cause of poor drainage as the town lacks designated dumping sites and most buildings have been constructed along the drainage systems or road reserves.

Etyang challenged the municipality to work with NEMA and establish a proper waste management system like biodegradable and recycling of plastic bags that are smuggled from Uganda bearing the proximity to the border.

“The effects of poor drainage systems extend beyond single properties and are causing negative impact on roads, waterways, and health. We must design a system that will address this,” noted Etyang.

The sentiment was echoed by Rebecca Abosa as cereal vendor at Malaba who urged the leadership of the municipality to ensure dustbins are placed in market centres and along the roads to discourage long distance drivers from throwing litter carelessly.

“Our market lacks dustbins and washrooms marking it hard for traders and truck-drivers to lack an option but destroy our environment,” lamented Rebecca.

While responding to the suggestions by the residents, acting Municipality Manager Brian Abwaku said they have captured their concerns with a view to addressing them in future plans for the newly created border Municipality.

“We want to make Malaba Municipality  vibrant by ensuring that only structured Community based organisations are recognised to tap into county government activities,” he said, noting that a spatial plan for the entire  Municipality will be their top priority.

The manager said apart from allocation received from the county government, they are hoping to receive further funding from the World Bank and through public private partnerships, this he noted is geared towards making Malaba Municipality attractive to foreign investors.

Mr Abwaku said they have ambitious programs for the municipality, which entails the need to pursue the Kocholia land market, which he said needs proper planning  and to expedite the acquisition of  title deeds for Kocholia dam site project which will cushion Teso North residents against frequent water shortage.

He noted that the issue of Amoni market was being addressed, urging traders to continue paying taxes as usual, adding the Municipality has identified a partner who is willing to embark on recycling of plastic bags, and availing a ready market for the same, thus creating employment for hundreds of youths.

“Keeping gutters clear and extending downspouts away from the house are the easiest solutions to many of these problems. Regreding may be necessary to ensure a six-inch downward slope, extending from the foundation to ten feet away,” stated Abwaku.

He revealed that the Winkers-ACK drainage had encountered some challenges, ascertaining that renovation on the same will start in a few weeks’ time.

He warned contractors or building owners that all approvals will be guided by standards, noting that he will solicit for partnership with government agencies to deal with drainage in Malaba town.

“Other issues of concern include dualization of the Malaba- Bungoma road from Kocholia to the One Stop Border Post, creation of bypasses, the need to come up with Strategic Plan and to lobby for own vehicles for solid waste management instead of relying on those from Busia Municipality.


Website | + posts