Ukambani leaders back Ngilu on charcoal crackdown

Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi has backed Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu on her move to crackdown on charcoal business in the county. Ngilu has over the past week received a backlash for ordering the crackdown which businessmen believe incites youth to burn down a charcoal transporting lorry in Kitui. Mulyungi said: “Let them leave our trees for us, because… even ourselves… we will not go to other regions to cut down trees. We already have shortage of rain in this area, so we cannot continue to allow people from outside to come in and cut down our trees and be on their way, leaving us in drought. I support the Governor’s move because even the Jubilee government has refused to help us.”