Members of the public led by Mwingi Central MP, Joe Mutambu on Wednesday morning impounded and detained 15 lorries ferrying charcoal along Thika – Garissa road at Nguni area.
The lorries detained on allegations that the charcoal transportation permits from Tana River that were presented were not genuine, had been packed along the highway waiting for daylight to continue with their journey to Nairobi.
However, according to the secretary of the Tana river Charcoal Producers Association, Ms Khadija Kanini Mutua the lorries had valid transportation documents and do not have charcoal from Kitui county as alleged.
Khadija told KNA that no driver has been arrested and transporters were waiting for the authorities to confirm the genuineness of the documents from Tana River County.
She said that the transporters will incur heavy losses due to the delay in confirming since over seven hours after impounding at the time of going to press the lorries had not been released.
Khadija said that the transporters will claim compensation for each lorry delayed that will have to be charged extra by their owners at a rate of Kshs. 30, 000 per day in case of the delay.
Efforts to get comments on the stand off from the MP and Mwingi East division OCPD, Gideon Mugambi on phone call was unfruitful.
Months ago Kitui county banned issue of permits for production and transportation of charcoal with Kitui traders sourcing from neighbouring county of Tana river.
By John Kung’u