Kitui Governor Ngilu and Kauwi ward MCA Hon Jane Mutua seem to have locked horns over the sand business. This comes after The MCA proposed to have sand legalized
In 2018, Governor Charity Ngilu banned commercial sand harvesting and trade in charcoal in Kitui County.
According to Kauwi ward legislator, Hon Jane Mutua since the ban on Sand harvesting and charcoal burning in 2018, cartels are still carrying out illegal harvesting under Governor Ngilu’s watch.
Kitui MCAs want sand harvesting regulated and made an economic enterprise to protect the environment.
Over the years, sand harvesting in Kitui has been dominated by cartels doing illegal sand mining. They play cat and mouse with enforcement officers and rake in millions of untaxed monies.