Kiambu lorry owners detained by Kitui county government ask for intervention
Lorry owners from Kiambu County whose lorries were apprehended by County Government officers in Kitui County three months ago after they were caught harvesting sand are now appealing to the national government to intervene and secure the release of their only means of livelihood.
The 17 businessmen from Juja,Kiambu county said their vehicles were detained in a Kitui forest after Kitui Governor, Charity Ngilu imposed a ban on sand harvesting and Charcoal burning.
Speaking to the press from Thika town the Chairman Juja Lorries Transport Association, James Macharia said that the plight of their vehicles is unknown since most of them were not allowed to move out of the forest after the ban was effected.
He added that for the last three months any lorry passing through Kitui County using the Thika-Garissa highway is subjected to humiliation by officers from Kitui county government pretending they are checking charcoal .
Ms Mary Mawiya and Jenniffer Mwendo who are business ladies whose lories are amongst those still in the forest lamented that financial institutions are threatening to auction them after they defaulted on their loans.
They are calling on Police and Kenya National highway Authority to protect them from harassment by the people who have threatened to burn their vehicles.
Efforts to contact the Kitui county government to shed light on the matter were futile.
By Lucy Wangai