It has been close to four months since governor Malombe okayed Charcoal business in his county, Kitui. Since then it has been happening in 24 hours and possibly in 365 days.
A meeting held in Kitui, present in the meeting were local residents, Brokers (most from MT Kenya region) and County government officials who convinced Malombe’s administration on the ‘benefits’ of charcoal burning in Kitui. It is rumored that a brown envelop from the Nairobi brokers worked miracles.
The brokers are buying a sack of charcoal at KES 350.00 – 400.00 and selling it at KES 1500.00 in Nairobi and other markets. Sincerely who is benefiting and who is loosing. Your guess is good as mine.
An overview observation done by KO on Wednesday 31st August shows that 34 lorries fully loaded charcoal entered Kitui town via Wikililye route. Origin of the charcoal is yet to be known.
On Monday 29th August 37 lorries used Nguni – Nuu route headed to Nairobi Source is also not known but destination was majorly Nairobi and Thika.
KO learnt that Charcoal business is prohibited in Murang’a county, Thika County, Nyeri County, Nyahururu among other counties.
We would like to ask very simple questions to Malombe’s administration:
1. How long does it take for a tree to grow to a level of charcoal burning?
2. Why are you selling our future to Charcoal Barons?
3. Do you know the relationship between trees and water?