Over the years, Kenya Power, Telkom, Safaricom, Airtel, Kenya National Highway Authority, Kenya Railways and many other companies have lost huge sums of money over illegal activities around scrap metal business.
Full letter by Prof Njoroge to Clerk of the National Assembly:
14th February 2018
Clerk of National Assembly
Hon. Clerk of the Assembly
RE: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SCRAP METAL ACT 2015, No. 1 of 2015
The Scrap Metal Act 2015 was assented on 7th January 2015, with a commencement date of 23rd January 2015. The Act seeks to make provisions for the regulation and management of the scrap metal industry in Kenya. It seeks to control and regulate the handling of scrap metal; the export of scrap metal; the licensing and registry of all scrap metal dealers and the provision for the establishment of a Scrap Metal Council for purposes of streamlining the management of the sector.
The enactment of this law was a result of many hours of work by our legislature as well as long and protracted efforts by many Kenyans of all walks of life; from industrialists, public asset managers, environmentalists, and the general public concerned about thefts of public assets – power and communication lines, highway guard rails, railway slippers etc which are being sold to unscrupulous scrap Metal Dealers. There were many who were concerned about “fly-by-night” smelters of scrap lead acid batteries (Automotive batteries) illicitly smelting the lead in very poor neighbourhoods leaving a wake of environmental contamination and high risks to public health.. We as Centre for Environmental Action were part of that effort.