Sand transporters stage protest, cause major snarl up in Makueni County


Sand harvesting seems to be the latest row in Ukambani, just a day after two police officers were arrested for killing a young boy in the company of illegal sand harvesters in Mwingi, the sand harvesting saga has shifted to Makueni County where sand barons staged a protest against the Makueni county government.

The sand transporters barricaded and blocked the busy Mombasa highway near Salama Town causing a major snarl up a day after torching two patrol vehicles for law enforcement officers of Makueni County.

The protestors cited harassment by the Makueni county officials.

The Governor of Makueni Kibutha Kibwana has however insisted that sand harvesting activities are illegal and will not go on in Makueni County.

Sand harvesting has been banned in major places in Ukambani due to its negative impact on water catchment areas.

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