Machakos county commissioner Matilda Sakwa accompanied by the National Environmental Complaints committee and the Deputy governor of Machakos county Eng. Francis Maliti on Friday toured Kithyoko area in Kivaa ward to ascertain the situation following continued uproar by the locals over illegal sand harvesting.
The move by Machakos county leaders is viewed as following the suit in what has been happening in the other two counties of Ukambani; Kitui and Makueni where sand harvesting has been banned.
Speaking moments after touring the Inyanzaa River at Kivaa Ward which has been largely affected by the illegal business, Machakos county commissioner Matilda Sakwa warned sand cartels against the business and said that stern action will be taken against all those found ruining local rivers and river beds by selling sand.
Also addressing the issue, Machakos Deputy Governor Francis Maliti said that illegal sand harvesting in Machakos must be put to and an end, calling upon county government officers and those from the national government to cooperate in ensuring that nobody continues with the business against the will of the people.
“Let me say right away that the issue of illegal sand harvesting in Machakos county has today come to an end, if the people are against it then we as eleted leaders and the county government are also against it because we represent the will of the people,” Pointed out Mr. Maliti.
John Chumo who is the secretary to the National Environmental Complaints Committee said that they got complaints from the residents of Kithyoko over the rampant illegal sand harvesting in the area and that why they moved in so as to ensure that environmental degradation dosen’t continue taking place without their intervention.
Mr. Chumo said that as the custodians of the environment, they will take all necessary measures so as to ensure that necessary measures are taken against those caught destroying the environment through unscrupulous means.
“I want to send a warning to all sand Cartels in Kithyoko, your days are numbered because we won’t sit and watch the environment being ruined by few people at the expense of the locals,” Warned Mr. Chumo.