The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has promised to assist the Government in implementing the polythene bags (kaveera) ban.
In the 2009/2010 budget read two weeks ago, the Government announced a total ban on all polythene bags to protect the environment from degradation.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the partyâ€™s headquarters in Najjanakumbi, the opposition shadow minister for environment, Beatrice Atim Anyar, hailed the Government for the ban.
â€œThis ban is long overdue. We are ready to join hands with the Government in the implementation by sensitising the public about the dangers of polythene bags,â€ Anywar vowed.
Anyar, who is also the Kitgum Woman MP, blasted environment minister Maria Mutagamba for her recent objection to the ban.
Mutagamba was recently quoted in the media as saying she did not support a total ban.
Efforts by The New Vision to get a clarification on the matter have been futile.
â€œWe want Mutagamba to resign or be sacked because her objection to the kaveera ban is a clear indicator that she is not fit to be the minister for environment. She does not know how dangerous Kaveera is to our environment,â€ she said.
Anywar added that the contradiction between the minister and the Government raised questions.
â€œNormally ministers harmonise their positions before a national policy is made.â€
She called upon the Government to draft a recycling policy which will help in the implementation of the ban.
Calling it an act of patriotism, Anywar urged Ugandans to shun polythene bags even before the Government starts enforcing the ban.
â€œLet the people emulate me. When I go to a supermarket, I refuse to put my items in polythene bags,â€ she said.
She further urged the Government to create incentives for the public like paying people who gather polythene bags and submit them for burning.
She also said polythene bag manufacturers should be supported to change to the production of paper bags.
FDC lauds kaveera ban