Statement on US-Kenya Trade Deal Involving Big Plastics

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We are disgusted by reports in the media that the United States of America is negotiating with the Kenyan government for a deal that would see Kenya become a dumping ground for big plastics.

As an organization on the forefront of fighting big plastics in Kenya, we see this a form of modern-day colonialism.

The adverse effects of plastic on the environment and human life are already known.

Already, we are fighting big consumer brands from the global North including the United States of America who are involved in corporate slavery and exploitation of poor women and children through sham recycling programs in Kenya.

We will not stay silent as big corporations and rich countries commit human rights crimes against the people of Kenya. We call on the Kenyan Government and our leaders to resist any illegal overtures from this criminal enterprise.

Betterman Simidi Musasia


Founder and Patron, and Former Chief Executive Officer

Clean Up Kenya


Established in 2015, Clean Up Kenya is a national advocacy organization working to hold to account government duty bodies, state officers, corporations, green-washing Non-Governmental Organizations, and domestic and commercial polluters for Kenya’s public sanitation crisis. We primarily work with communities to advance their rights to sustainable public sanitation. As experts in community mobilizing for cleanups, we have conducted numerous projects across the country with some being attended by over 1000 volunteers. At the core of our work is honest and actual involvement in communities – not PR events. We receive no funding for our work but collaborate with other like-minded organizations both nationally and internationally on projects.