Anthony Mwangi @PeopleDailyKe
Failure by the Industrialisation ministry to implement the Scrap Metal Act 2015 could land Cabinet secretary Adan Mohamed into trouble. Stakeholders have petitioned the National Assembly to have the CS ousted for allegedly failing to deliver in his mandate.
Subsequently, the National Assembly Implementation Committee, yesterday directed that Mohamed appear before it in two weeks to explain why the ministry had not implemented the law two years after it was enacted.
Stakeholders told the committee chaired by Moitalel ole Kenta how laxity by the ministry was causing environmental degradation and financial and job losses due to lack of a legislation to regulate the industry. Summoning the CS, Kenta said: “These are the kind of ministers who are giving the government a bad name.
It defeats logic for a CS to delay the implementation of a law two years after it was assented by the President.” Committee members, led by Johnson Naicca (Mumias West), backed the chair, even suggesting that the CS be sacked for failing in his duties.
The stakeholders, including Karanja Njoroge of Environmental Interaction Organisation, told the committee that when Parliament passed the bill, there was hope unscrupulous dealers and operators had been dealt a blow. “The law was meant to bring order to an otherwise chaotic industry which has operated without regulation for ages,”he said.
To implement the law, the ministry was expected to establish the Scrap Metal Council , whose mandate would include, registering and licensing scrap metal dealers, regulation and record-keeping of scrap in custody of dealers.
Representatives of the battery manufacturers, said lack of a proper legislation was denying them key raw material— lead. “The lack of raw materials due to illegal exports has resulted to huge losses of revenue and jobs,” said Michael Wanjala, Regional Recycling Co-ordinator, Association of Battery Manufacturers.
Dubai, India, Korea, Malaysia, China and Indonesia are some of the major importers of the raw battery scrap materials from East Africa. The East African Community consumes about three million batteries annually, against a production capacity of about one million batteries per year.
Kenya Alliance Residents Association (KARA), through Geche Karanja, said vandalism was crippling key sectors of the economy, including highways, railway and Kenya Power transformers.