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91 scrap dealers apply for licenses after ban


A scrap yard at Umoja in Nairobi in this photo taken February 8, 2022. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina told parliament that no date was set for the ban to be lifted.
  • She said a joint meeting was scheduled for Tuesday next week where public and private sector players will come together to review the guidelines that have been developed to regulate the scrap metal sector.
  • Ms Maina revealed that out of more than 700 scrap dealers in the country, only 20 were licensed under the Scrap Act at the time of the moratorium.

Dealers will wait longer to find out when a moratorium on exporting or buying or selling any scrap material will be lifted, MPs heard on Thursday.

Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina told parliament that no date was set for the ban to be lifted.

She said a joint meeting was scheduled for Tuesday next week where public and private sector players will come together to review the guidelines that have been developed to regulate the scrap metal sector.

“There is no fixed date for the lifting of the moratorium but it will be announced at the highest level depending on the results of the meeting convened between public institutions managing critical infrastructure and private sector actors dealing with scrap metal” , said Ms. Maina. the Commerce Committee of the National Assembly.

Ms Maina revealed that out of more than 700 scrap dealers in the country, only 20 were licensed under the Scrap Act at the time of the moratorium.

She said 91 people have applied for a license since the ban and their applications are being rigorously reviewed before a decision can be made.

“We have mapped dealers, carriers and foundries and the results show that we have over 700 dealing with scrap. Our wish is that they all submit to a license. But the response is very weak,” she said.

The president imposed a ban on scrap metal exports and transactions in January, hitting traders currently operating in the sector hard.

Mr Kenyatta has imposed a moratorium on the export or purchase or sale of any scrap material until proper guidelines are put in place to regulate the sector.

Mr. Kenyatta said the moratorium on the export or purchase or sale of any scrap material will ensure that the material does not come from the hard-earned investments that the Kenyan people have made.

The ban followed vandalism of transmission lines and critical road and rail infrastructure.

Ms Maina said the ministry will next week meet key infrastructure players like Kenya Power, Kenya Electricity Transmission Company and Kenya Railways as well as private sector scrap metal dealers.

“The Scrap Metal Council and a Multi-Agency Team (MAT) that was formed following the critical infrastructure vandalism have developed operational guidelines to advise the president on the ban,” she said.

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