Arrest Ngilu over lorry burning, Boinnet told

Clement Kamau and Charles Muasya @PeopleDailyKe

Kiambu leaders have petitioned Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to arrest Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu for allegedly leading in the torching of a charcoal transporting lorry.

They said nobody is above the law and the governor should be arrested for inciting residents into impounding and burning lorries transporting charcoal. Led by Kiambu deputy governor James Nyoro and Limuru MP Peter Mwathi, they said Kitui County government should also be compelled to compensate the burnt vehicle’s owner.

The lorry belonged to a Limuru businessman who said he had bought the charcoal from Tana River county. “The government should thoroughly investigate the circumstances under which the lorry was burnt, the Opposition is scheming to provoke violence,” said the MP as he addressed hundreds of youths who had blocked the busy Nairobi/Nakuru highway on Saturday.

The protesters threatened to revenge by burning transport trucks heading to Kitui but Nyoro prevailed upon them, saying Kiambu government will engage the Council of Governors over the matter. Kiambu county commander Adiel Nyange said one suspect had already been arrested and would be arraigned in court soon.

Meanwhile, on Saturday at Kilukuya village in Mulango during the burial of a county government employee Michael Musambi, Ngilu said she will not relent in ensuring that charcoal and sand harvesting ban is totally enforced to protect the county fast degrading environment.

“No intimidation from any quarter will cow me to stop defending the county environment as the fast climate change that has dealt a blow to the well-being of the residents must be mitigated and one way is to stop wanton felling of trees for charcoal and interference of our seasonal rivers and harvesters,’’ said Ngilu.

Her sentiments were echoed by Kitui county assembly speaker George Ndoto, former Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama and Kitui Woman Rep Irene Kasalu who said the county leadership rally behind Ngilu in her efforts to conserve the county’s flora and fauna.

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