(c) Absence of Source Register by Registered Dealers, the Act provided for a system of disclosure of the source of all scrap material in the possession of any scrap dealer. This was to stem the tide against vandalism and theft of public infrastructural installation and other public assets. The industry has recently, over the last ten to fifteen years, been buffeted with problems of criminal elements using the scrap metal industry as an avenue to get rich quick. Theft of machinery, motor vehicles, public utility communication and power cables, manhole covers, steel signage structures, power transformers etc have been associated with unscrupulous scrap metal dealers.
We now write to you sir, and to the Committee on Implementation and even the Committee on Trade & Investment to revisit this matter and found out what could have gone wrong. Perhaps Parliament can appeal to the Ministry of Industrialization to implement the provisions of this legislation as required by law as a matter of urgency. Our many efforts seeking the implementation have landed on deaf years. Why would Parliament work so hard to enact laws that are not implemented?
We hope that the two committees can do something to assist struggling industries who now face closure due to the siphoning of raw materials. We are made to understand that Scrap batteries are now being “exported” to Uganda where the lead is smelted and then “re-exported” again out of Uganda as elevator counterweights to Asian countries. This is done in a region where Kenya has a capacity to produce 100,000 batteries from investments made when the Scrap Metal Act was enacted in 2015. Today 60% of that capacity is idle due to shortages of raw material. It is time we walked the talk.
Prof Karanja Njoroge
Chair, (Scrap Metal Industry) Public Interest Stakeholder Group
Hon. Moitalel Ole Kenta
Committee on Implementation
Hon. Kanini Kega
Committee on Trade and Investment
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