Three charcoal transporters were today (27/3/2018)arraigned in Kyuso law courts with charges of being in possession of 140 bags of charcoal without a permit along Mwingi- Tseikuru road.
The three suspects James Murimi, Ali Kisevelo and Caxton Kituma were arrested on 27/3/2018 at around 3pm by Tseikuru Chief Inspector of Police Joseph Mwangi. The lorry with registration number KBQ470X immediately developed mechanical problems after the arrest and was towed to Tseikuru police station.
The accused pleaded guilty before Resident Magistrate John Aringo who had moved the court to the scene of crime at Tseikuru police station where the lorry was towed yesterday.
The magistrate ruled that the first and second accused should pay a fine of Ksh.50,000 each or serve 12 months in prison.(The first accused ,James Murimi is the owner of the charcoal while the second accused Ali Kisovelo was the driver of the lorry) The third accused who had been hired to load the sacks of charcoal has been committed to do conservation related community service for a period of three months.
He was directed to report to Kyuso Probation office on April 3, 2018 to be assigned the community work. The trio were arrested on March 27, 2018 at around 3pm by Tseikuru OCS Chief Inspector of Police Joseph Mwangi.
Magistrate John Aringu ruled out that the charcoal is a property of the county government of kitui and should be handed over immediately. The lorry shall remain under Tseikuru police station until the third accused completes his probation period.