\r\nEnough talk; more action needed
In 2012, the High Court declared that polythene/plastic bags violate the right of the citizens of Uganda to a clean and healthy environment and ordered that the drafting of the bill (seeking the regulation and use of all plastics less than 100 microns) be expeditiously done to protect the environment from any further harm and damage already caused by these bags.
This was a decade after Greenwatch filed a suit against National Environmental Management Authority and the Attorney General seeking a ban on the manufacture, use, distribution and sale of plastic bags and containers of less than 100 microns thick. To date, none of this has happened.
The Minister of Water and Environment was recently thrown out of a meeting with members of the Natural Resources Committee when he gave "lack of coordination” as the reason the kaveera has not been banned 15 years down the road.(http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/MPs-throw-minister-kaveera-ban-delay/-/688334/2641726/-/8yqw2kz/-/index.html)
The Ministry of Environment has created excuses for the last 15 years concerning the ban of polythene bags. As long as policy makers remain adamant, diseases like typhoid will continue to raid Ugandans and our environment will slowly and steadily be destroyed. The ministry should desist from making empty promises and implement the ban of the deadly polythene bags and protect people's health and the environment.
- \r\nHandbook on Environmental Law Vol.II
- \r\nAccess to Information in Africa Project Summary
- Handbook on Environmental Law Vol.1
- Court Ruling on the ban of Plastic bags in Uganda
- \r\nRegional Symposium on Public Interest Environmental Litigation for Lawyers in EastAfrica
- The Right to Information as a Tool for/in Public Interest Litigation: An East African Perspective
- \r\nAccess to Information in Africa Report: The case of Uganda
- Greenwatch Brochure
- A Community Based Guide for Monitoring Impacts of Oil and Gas Activities on the Environment