Arrest youth terrorizing charcoal traders, Kitui police told

Security officers in Kitui have been directed to arrest and arraign in court youth groups who have been terrorizing charcoal traders transiting the county from the neighbouring Tana River County.

The Kitui County Commissioner (CC), Boaz Cherutich on Wednesday regretted that some local leaders have incited the youth to block off trucks ferrying charcoal to Nairobi especially along the Thika � Garissa highway.

We are aware that there are rogue leaders who have been going around the county ‘ordering’ the residents to impound charcoal trucks especially in Mwingi area and we will not allow this unlawful practice to go on, said the administrator.

They intercept the lorries, manhandle the drivers and make away with the cargo in the name of implementing the recently announced total ban on charcoal and sand trade in Kitui, he added.

On January 17, the county and national governments issued a directive banning all charcoal and sand businesses within the county in a bid to curb adverse climatic change and environmental degradation occasioned by the venture.

Cherutich was addressing the press in his office in Kitui Town after chairing the county security committee meeting.

He warned the youth against taking the law into their own hands as it was not their duty to implement the ban or conduct crackdowns on offenders but that of security officers.

Let anybody out there contemplating to engage in the unruly activity stay warned that they shall be arrested and prosecuted in a court of law, he emphasized.

He however, affirmed the national government’s commitment to work closely with the county administration towards effective implementation of the ban targeting the multi-million trade.

The administrator also assured licensed charcoal transporters ferrying the commodity from Tana River County of their security as they traverse Kitui County.

Source: Kenya News Agency