Leaders meet stakeholders to resolve Kiromboko sand dispute

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A section of Mwingi leaders led by Charles Nguna of Mwingi West, Eng. Paul Nzengu of Mwingi North with officials from Kitui County led by Environment and Natural resources CECM Koki Musau Kuvasila after meeting stakeholders to resolve the sand dispute at Kiromboko in Tyaa river. (Photo credit - Courtesy)

A section of Mwingi leaders led by Charles Ngusya Nguna of Mwingi West, Eng. Paul Nzengu of Mwingi North with officials from Kitui County led by Environment and Natural resources CECM Koki Musau Kuvasila met stakeholders to resolve the sand dispute at Kiromboko in Tyaa river.

In the meeting, it was agreed that Sand harvesting will only resume after a written agreement between Kitui county government and all other stakeholders of Kiomo Kyethani and Mumoni Ward.

Environment and Natural resources CECM Koki Musau Kuvasila assured the stakeholders that an MOU would be prepared and signed immediately and that a public toilet would be done in the area.

Further, Mbondoni- Kiomo-Kiromboko road will be murramed and be watered especially on the town centers on a daily basis by the investor. The Revenue from the sale of the sand will be shared equally amongst the CBOs and used for community-based projects.

The stakeholders agreed to have loading by tractors stopped and engage locals instead so as to provide employment to the residents.

Kiomo Kyethani Ward MCA, Mumoni Ward MCA, Mwingi Central DCC, and Mumoni acting ACC were also present in the meeting.

Kitui County Government on the 15th January 2018 banned sand harvesting and charcoal burning in the county. The reopening of some parts of the county for sand harvesting has resulted in several questions by stakeholders, residents, and some leaders such as Mwingi West MP Charles Nguna.

Kuvasila speaking in June at a radio interview accused Mwingi West MP Charles Nguna of politicking with the Sand harvesting saying he should keep off from interfering with responsibilities of a County Government as the function is devolved to the Counties.

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