Scrap metal business in the country will remain prohibited unless the dealers meet the required regulations. Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i confirmed the news, saying that before getting a license, merchants will have to comply with and meet the new regulations.“The moratorium on scrap metal trade in the country will remain in place pending compliance with new regulations and fresh licensing of dealers by the Scrap Metal Council,” said Matang’i.
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The regulations, according to the CS, are in place to ensure that the scrap metals industry not only grows but also does not result in the loss of critical infrastructure in the country. “By establishing suitable regulations based on stakeholder involvement, the government is ensuring that the scrap metal industry’s rise does not result in the loss of the country’s key infrastructure.” CS Matiang’i stated
Following recent losses in KPLC equipment and SGR lines, President Uhuru Kenyatta imposed a scrap metal trade embargo. Several persons have been arrested, and operations to apprehend those possessing such critical equipment are ongoing.