By Linah Musangi
Mwingi, 27th February, 2018: A sand harvesting scuffle nearly turned tragic after a lorry ferrying sand intentionally rammed into a police land cruiser pursuing it in Mwingi West Tuesday morning.
Confirming the incident, Kennedy Keraro, Ag Migwani Deputy County Commissioner said police who were acting on a tip off from a local at midnight were informed of ongoing sand harvesting along Nguutani River.
He said that the police officers sounded an alarm of possible kidnapping by the lorry driver with an intent to harm them.
On receiving the signal, the administrator said that police pursued the vehicle for over eight kilometers.
Stephen Katana, Nguutani Ward MCA said that the demos in Limuru will not deter Kitui County from enforcing sand harvesting and charcoal burning ban.
Christopher Nzili, Chair Nguutani Professionals, condemned the incident and called on the national and county government to streamline the utilization of the scarce resource.
The Mwingi based lawyer called for sustainable harnessing of sand and charcoal to protect the ecosystem for future generations.
Speaking on behalf of the community, Justus Musango said that the community will stop at nothing to protect their environment.