Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has vowed to deal with individuals ferrying charcoal and sand from different parts of the nation.
Speaking when he toured Kitui County alongside his Health counterpart Sicily Kariuki, Matiang’i affirmed that he will support the Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu as she seeks to end the issue of sand mining and charcoal burning in her backyard.
The CS, who is known for his fiery nature, said that the days of charcoal burners and sand harvesters are numbered.
“In support of Governor @mamangilu, we won't allow any ferrying of charcoal and sand from and/or within Kitui County until the bans are lifted. I have directed the county and regional security teams to mount sustained operations to apprehend those involved in these activities,” he said.
Ngilu has been committed to ensuring that the environment is conserved since she was elected into office. She has been faulting charcoal burners as well as sand harvesters against the practices.
Her government has warned to take stern actions against persons found harvesting sand as well as those cutting trees to burn charcoal. Her stand has seen her face endless criticisms from different quarters.
She has, however, remained firm on her decision after declared sand harvesting and charcoal business illegal.