Kitui County: March 29,2018
Three charcoal transporters were today fined a total of Ksh 100,000 or serve 12 months in prison.
The three suspects James Murimi, Ali Kisevelo and Caxton Kituma were convicted on their own pleas of guilt by Kyuso Resident Magistrate Mr John Aringo.
The magistrate ordered the first and second accused pay a fine of Ksh.50,000 each or serve 12 months in prison. Murimi is the owner of the charcoal while the second accused Ali Kisovelo is the driver of the lorry.
Mr Aringo orders that Kituma, who was hired to load the charcoal be committed to conservation related community service for a period of three months.
Kituma was directed to report to Kyuso Probation office on April 3, 2018 to be assigned the community work. The trio were arrested on March 27, 2018 at around 3pm by Tseikuru OCS Chief Inspector of Police Joseph Mwangi.
They were charged in Kyuso law courts with being in possession of 140 bags of charcoal without a permit along Mwingi- Tseikuru road. The lorry with registration number KBQ470X immediately developed mechanical problems after the arrest and was towed to Tseikuru Police Station