Mwala MP Vincent Musyoka has urged security officials in the area to crackdown on illegal sand harvesters.
Musyoka claims that cases of illegal sand harvesting in Mwala are getting out of hand.
Speaking in Masii town on Thursday, Musyoka said that illegal sand harvesting continues to pose a threat to the environment and infrastructure.
He argued that some of the roads in the constituency have been rendered impassable by sand harvesters majority who he said do not have licenses and permits.
“My appeal is to the security officials is to work tirelessly and ensure that those engaging in illegal sand harvesting business are arrested and prosecuted,” he said.
The legislator claimed that some of the illegal sand harvesters are posing as criminal elements.
“Some of this people also come here to illegally harvest our sand and some are also breaking marriages by escaping with our married women,” he claimed.
The MP said that anyone wishing to engage in any form of sand harvesting and mining has to acquire the relevant documentation from the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) and other agencies.
At the same time, the MP urged the police to crack the whip on drug peddlers who he said are a threat to the youth.
“We want our young people to go to school and engage in development activities and those trying to confuse them with drugs should be dealt with according to the law,” he said.