Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu is no doubt one of the best performing Governors in the Country so far.
She has time and again come up with policies meant to safeguard the future of the people of Kitui and one of them was the ban on Charcoal trade.
This would even put her on a collision course with Kiambu Governor Ferdinad Waititu after a lorry ferrying charcoal was burnt in Kitui days after a video surfaced of the area governor allegedly inciting youth to torch vehicles found ferrying charcoal.
The Charcoal wars between Waititu and Ngilu degenerated into verbal spats and tribal undertones.
Ngilu would however stand her ground even as she maintained that the ban was there to stay despite threats from a number of leaders.
Ngilu’s ban has now been stamped by a superior Authority, the Interior CS Fred Matiang’i.
Matiang’i has today banned production and transportation of charcoal in Kitui county.
“I have directed the county and regional security teams to mount operations to apprehend those involved in these activities,” Matiang’i said.
Speaking while inspecting Kitui County Textile Centre (KICOTEC), Matiang’i promised to support Governor Charity Ngilu to weed out charcoal producers in the county.
“I have had an opportunity to inspect KICOTEC factory and other projects which the Governor Ngilu is undertaking in this county. The National Government will continue supporting her in advancing the impressive work she is doing in line with the Big Four Agenda,” he said.
The Sh20 million factory has employed over 600 workers.
CS Matiang’i was accompanied by his health counterpart Sicily Kariuki.