Transporters in Limuru, Kiambu county on Saturday held protests demanding the arrest of Kitui governor Charity Ngilu for allegedly inciting youths to burn lorries transporting charcoal in the county.
They lit bonfires at Kwambira area along the Nairobi Nakuru highway and blocked the road with logs alleging Ngilu was propelling ethnicity.
On Wednesday, a lorry was set ablaze in Kanyonyoo area in Kitui by youths.
Kiambu deputy governor James Nyoro, area MP Peter Mwathi and Limuru Central MCA Joseph Kahenya, asked the Inspector General of police Joseph Boinnet to arrest the governor since there is evidence of her ordering vehicles to be set ablaze.
“There is evidence and witnesses including the lorry crew narrating how the incident happened,” Mwathi said.
Mwathi asked the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to investigate the incident, claiming it was tribal.
Nyoro said they were not taking the incident lightly, adding they will report it to the Council of Governors.
“We want the governors to know we need each other, our people conduct business from different counties,” he said.
The Mitsubishi Fuso KCC 050P driver Joseph Waweru said it was set ablaze at Kanyonyo near Matuu.
He reveals that they had bought the charcoal in Tana River and were transporting it to Nairobi for sale.
By Fred Mulwa.