The ban is to be lifted gradually lifted from 1 May for licensed traders ©  Photo by Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images
The ban is to be lifted gradually lifted from 1 May for licensed traders © Photo by Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images

Scrap metal dealers to be licensed after ban fails to stop thefts

posted by Andrew Allen
in Law
28 April 2022

Kenya is to lift a ban on scrap metal dealing in favour of a licensing system for dealers as it struggles to stop thieves ripping up public infrastructure to sell on.

The country’s capital, Nairobi, had imposed a total ban on scrap metal dealing on 20 January to prevent criminals targeting public utilities to steal transformers, transmission lines and other parts of road and rail infrastructure.

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