Ngilu’s charcoal-coal stand contradictory

Bags of charcoal put on fire by youth in Mui, Kitui County, on February 15, 2018. Sand harvesting and charcoal burning have had an immense negative environmental effect. PHOTO | BONIFACE MWANKI

What you need to know:

  • Charcoal burning leads to deforestation, which has been linked to the recurring droughts in Kitui.
  • The government should invest in alternative forms of energy production, such as wind and solar.

The banning of sand harvesting and charcoal production in Kitui County, on the one hand, and the approving of coal mining in the same county, on the other hand, presents an uncomfortable narrative.

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