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January 22, 2021
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NCD Buai Ban: Lawyer to Represent Those Affected

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NCD Grassroots Incorporation has engaged a lawyer to look at the possibility of rescinding the total buai ban imposed by NCD Governor, Powes Parkop.

Representatives spoke about the hardships faced by the people now that buai has been banned from the city.

 

Instead of the ban, they offered six alternatives to regulate the sale of buai since it is a commodity.

 

Representing 60, 000 members, NCD Grassroots Foundation Executive Director, Ibert Abe, said the group does not condone littering, but want other alternatives to be considered before cutting off the only means of income generation for those who rely heavily on the green gold for their day to day living.

 

The Foundation Members comprise of people who live in the settlements and the unemployed who sell buai to sustain themselves in the city.

 

Mr Abe offered six alternatives that could see the sale of buai in the city continue but be properly controlled and regulated at the commercial market price as buai was and is, a traditional commodity. For a start, the Foundation suggested that the NCD Commission place rubbish bins at certain public places and come up with creative incentives to deal with by products like buai skin.

 

Execute of tougher penalties for those who litter in public places was also mentioned, as the Litter Act is in place.

 

Other members and the general public were concerned that with the total buai ban, youths have resorted to petty crimes as they say it’s their only way to make ends meet. Those residing around the Six Mile Area said crime in the area is starting to increase.

 

The NCD Grassroots Foundation has given the NCD Commission and Governor Parkop 14 days to respond, and failure to do so may lead to a possible protest march.

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