By Moses Masinde.
A middle-aged man, who is suspected to be living with mental illness, was on Friday morning arrested with Ksh275, 000 in cash and more than 1, 500 banned plastic bags in Kimilili, Bungoma County.
The suspect was arrested in a concerted crackdown by NEMA officials and police hunting for people who were still engaging in the banned plastic bags trade.
Kimilili Sub-County Deputy Commissioner, Joyce Onguso, confirmed the incident, saying the suspect will be arraigned once investigations into the incident are concluded.
How the suspected mentally ill man acquired the money or plastic bags remains a subject of investigations, police say.
The suspect is being detained at a Bungoma police post.
Bungoma lead environment officer, Rob Kipkoech, said a group of youthful street urchins tried to attack NEMA officials, when they were arresting the suspect.
Kenya banned plastic bags on February 28, 2017 to curb environmental pollution.