KENYAN PARLIAMENT URGED TO PRIORITISE DEBATE ON E-WASTE BILL

Stakeholders in Kenya’s information communication technology (ICT) industry are urging Parliament to prioritize the debate on the E-Waste Bill which has been pending for almost three years now.

The Electronic Waste Bill, drafted by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), seeks to bring sanity in the management and disposal of hazardous electronic materials.

The NEMA’s Head of Enforcement. Immaculate Simiyu, says lack of a proper legal framework is hampering the authority’s capacity to handle the menace in the country and, as a result of the implosion of technology, Kenya is finding itself battling a major challenge emanating from poor handling and disposal of hazardous materials.

A report authored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) indicates that Kenya generates about 12,000 tons of electronic wastes every year.

In order to address the challenge, the NEMA drafted the E-Waste Management Bill in order to streamline the importation, management and disposal of hazardous material in the country.

Simiyu says the lack of a proper legal framework is hampering the fight against illegal dumping of electronic wastes in the country.

The UNEP report says refrigerators form the biggest component of e-waste in the country, generating about 11,000 tons of the waste. TV screens come second while printers and personal computers are third.

The Bill, which has been pending in parliament since 2013, prescribes harsh penalties for anybody or entity dumping hazardous material illegally. It also seeks to regulate the recycling of the material and their transportation.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK