Former Kibwezi MP Kalembe Ndile has defended Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu over ban on charcoal burning and sand harvesting.
Ndile says that Ngilu’s ban should not be seen as a way of locking business for the locals and neighbouring communities.
Speaking to journalists in Machakos Town on Sunday, Ndile hit out at those criticizing Ngilu for enforcing the ban, terming them as ‘enemies’ of environmental conservation.
The former lawmaker said that Kitui and the large Ukambani region has suffered most when it comes to the effects environmental degradation.
“I support Governor Ngilu’s firm enforcement of the law on charcoal burning and sand harvesting and she should be left to push for environment conservation,” he said.
Ngilu said that it is time leaders and Kenyans stood firm and protect the environment.
He said that the country risks losing out if proper measures are not taken to safeguard the environment.
Ndile cautioned politicians against politicizing positive measures being taken to conserve the environment.
The former MP, however, urged governor Ngilu to ensure that the enforcement of the charcoal and sand ban is done within the confines of the law.
Governor Ngilu has been under crticism with a section of Kiambu politicians accusing her of allegedly inciting youth to torch lorries found ferrying charcoal in the county.
By Fred Mulwa.