Kitui governor Charity Ngilu on Sunday 11th February denied allegations that she was targeting charcoal ban for business people from one community .
As a result a truck was burnt down last Thursday as it transported charcoal from Mwingi to Nairobi
Ms Ngilu said the truck had been detained at kanyonyoo police road block and the police should explain what transpired after the owners disabled it’s ignition system frustrating efforts to tow it to kitui police station.
She said she doesn’t know why the officers failed to prevent the crime.
The governor said four trucks were seized that day but the one that was burnt stalled after the owner used its car tracking device to immobilize it, to avoid being taken to court.
Mrs Ngilu said a video clip circulating on social media against the charcoal trade was meant to advice Kitui peasant farmers against being enticed to cut trees by charcoal merchants.
It was not meant to incite locals against a particular community, she said.
“This is the kind of misinformation and propaganda that criminal cartels use in order to discredit leaders and institutions that dare to stand up to them,” the governor said.
She added that the charcoal business is done by traders from all communities in Kenya and not one ethnic group.