By Shadrack Ilava
Mwingi central MP Dr. Gideon Mulyungi yesterday defended the governor of Kitui Charity Kaluki Ngilu on her recent move of banning all charcoal burning and transportation in Kitui, a move which has generated uproar among businessmen from Kiambu county after one of their lorries was torched for transporting charcoal.
Speaking during the burial of one Nicholas Mumo Kilonzi, an Administration Police officer who died while receiving treatment at Nairobi Women hospital in Nairobi following a short illness, Dr. Mulyungi said that no one should view Ngilu’s move as a fight against any particular community in Kitui, but it’s a fight against environmental degradation which every resident of Kitui ought to support.
The MP said that illegal charcoal burning in Kitui has done a great dent to the ecosystem of Kitui and it’s even threatening to turn Kitui into desert with time, hence this should never be tolerated.
The legislator urged Governor Ngilu to stay put in her efforts and not to relent till this business gets a permanent solution, adding that no amount of uproar from businessmen from nearby counties or from within should interrupt the fight towards a better environment..
He accused a local administration officer of being behind rampant charcoal business at Nuu in Mwingi East sub-county and called for immediate action to be taken against him.