Charcoal, Sand harvesting ban in Kitui gets major back up

Charcoal seized from one the lorries in Kanyonyoo along the Thika-Garrisa road.

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu’s ban on charcoal burning and sand harvesting received a major boost with the National Environmental Complaints Committee throwing its full support behind the ban.

Speaking when they paid a courtesy call on the Governor in her office following complaints of a lorry ferrying charcoal along the Mwingi-Thika road being torched down, the committee under the leadership of Ms Isabela Masinde said people were suffering as a result of charcoal burning and sand harvesting.It was further noted that environmental degradation has caused a lot of direct and indirect suffering in Kenya ranging from poor rains, hunger to early pregnancy and high school drop out rates.

Ms Masinde said that after interrogations into the charcoal ban, the committee had noted that the people of Kitui County fully supported the charcoal and sand ban and wouldn’t make any contrary opinions to the will of the residents.


Governor Ngilu also affirmed her devotion to environmental conservation adding that her immediate action towards environmental protection was the removal of toxic asbestos waste that had been dumped at Kiongwe Hills in Kitui East Sub County, which serve as the main water catchment for river Thua.

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The governor added that she would embark on the rehabilitation of all rivers and support communities in environmental conservation.She disclosed that the cartels behind charcoal burning in the county were trading with Saudi Arabians.

They can’t enjoy eating life with a big spoon while our people continue suffering”. Ngilu said.

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