Kitui County: March 31 2018: By Philip Muteti
Two Environmental Enforcement Officers, Carol Kilatya and Monicah Mwaniki were today sent on compulsory leave after defying the order by the Deputy Governor Dr. Wathe Nzau to impound a lorry, KBP 104K which was ferrying 140 bags of Charcoal, which he had alerted them was heading their way, at Kyandula revenue collection point.
They had been alleged to have Colluded with the Charcoal transporters to escape arrest, claiming they got orders from above, to let the lorry pass.
Dr. Wathe was later called by a charcoal vigilante team, at Mwangeni which is ahead of the revenue collection point, telling him that the lorry wasn’t stopped and was heading to Athi, who gave the youths permission to barricade the road and stop the lorry but their efforts were futile.
The drama started when the driver of the lorry drove over the bricks which the youths had used to barricade the road, and proceeded on with their journey.
Dr. Wathe then called Adminstration police officers and a revenue officer from the county treasury, at Ndauni revenue Collection point, who barricaded the road with the spikes. The lorry stopped at the road block, where by the youths tried to deflate the tires but didn’t manage. A lady who was on board alighted and removed the spikes on the road and told her driver to drive on, in full glare of of the officers.
The Deputy Governor later called the Country AP Commandant Mr. Wasike, who acted swiftly on the issue and the lorry was impounded at Athi Market and taken to Mutomo police station.
The two enforcement officers are expected to report to their headquarters with detailed letter explaining why they defiled the DG’s order. For now their duties has been taken by Stella Kamuti and Denis Muli as the new enforcement officers.