October 11, 2012
After 10 years fighting the scourge of micro-thin plastic bags, ELAW partner Kenneth Kakuru and his team at Greenwatch are celebrating victory.
The High Court of Kampala ruled that plastic bags, commonly referred to as "kaveera," violate the right of citizens to a clean and healthy environment. The Court ordered that a bill be drafted "expeditiously" to regulate the use of all plastics less than 100 microns.
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, an international group of lawyers based in Eugene, Oregon, was instrumental in helping Greenwatch obtain this court ruling. Judge Mwangusya mentioned the group favorably in the reasons he gave for his ruling.
"Most of the scientific information contained in the pleadings to substantiate the arguments was obtained from ELAW," said Greenwatch attorney Kenneth Kakuru, an ELAW partner in Kampala.
"This is a major milestone in the environment landscape in Uganda considering the menace that polythene bags have caused over time," said Kakuru. "Scientific information from ELAW and judgments from other jurisdictions where ELAW partners operate have continuously been of great help to Greenwatch winning major court battles in Uganda."