In January 2018, governor Charity Ngilu banned charcoal burning and all related businesses in the county. This directive elicited a plethora of mixed reactions. From court petitions to accusations of economic sabotage, the ban was opposed from all corners of neighbouring counties.
Two years down the line, the people of Kitui can now marvel at the wonders the ban has brought to the tourism sector.
Speaking on Wednesday, February 13, the Kenya Wildlife Services Senior Assistant Director Dickson Lesimirda, commended the aftermath of the ban. He noted that the resulting greener environment at Tsavo East Game Park is a welcomimg sight to wildlife.
Lesimirdan further said that more than 600 elephants have reportedly inhabited the Game Park. Alongside the elephants, atleast 200 buffalos and other wildlife including several lions are back in the reserve.
“The charcoal ban in the region by the county government attracted more rainfalls in the recent past than before and the game reserve is regaining its former glory. More animals are trooping back,” director Lesimirdana said.