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Kiambu politicians demand Governor Ngilu's arrest

Benard Ramoka
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Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu in a past event. A section of Kiambu politicians wants her arrested on suspicion of inciting youth to burn lorries ferrying charcoal in the county. [Photo/nation.co.ke]

Kiambu deputy governor James Nyoro has asked the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to order for Kitui governor Charity Ngilu's immediate arrest.

Nyoro, alongside Limuru MP Peter Mwathi, is accusing Ngilu of allegedly inciting youth to torch vehicles suspected to be transporting charcoal and passing through Kitui county.

Speaking to journalists in Limuru Town on Saturday, Nyoro alleged that Ngilu incited youths to burn down a lorry that was ferrying charcoal from Tana River and passing through Kitui.

Nyoro said that the lorry belonging to a Limuru resident was set ablaze on Wednesday night on suspicion of ferrying charcoal from Kitui.

The Kiambu deputy governor alleges that governor Ngilu's aides allegedly intercepted the lorry, arrested the driver as youth set it ablaze.

"We are telling Boinnet to order Ngilu's immediate arrest because such kind of behaviour she is creating can lead to something ugly," he said.

Nyoro said hat the lorry allegedly set ablaze was ferrying charcoal from Tana River county and not Kitui.

He added that incitement to violence should never be a solution to addressing issues.

The Kiambu deputy governor also asked the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) to probe the Kitui governor and take action against her for advocating negative ethnicity.

Nyoro said that they will hold demonstrations if Ngilu is not apprehended by Monday next week.

On Friday, Ngilu denied reports that some vehicles had been torched in the country in relation to charcoal burning.

" I am not aware of any vehicle that has been torched as it is being reported in the media," she said.

Ngilu said that charcoal burning was banned in the county, adding that anyone found engaging in it will be dealt with according to the law.

She said that the county passed the law banning charcoal burning in efforts to conserve the environment.

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