Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Locals draw water from River Tiva. Uncontrolled sand harvesting has led to extensive degradation of the riverbed on which the community depends for water for both domestic use and irrigated farming. Photo:  COURTESY OF KNA

Locals draw water from River Tiva. Uncontrolled sand harvesting has led to extensive degradation of the riverbed on which the community depends for water for both domestic use and irrigated farming. Photo: COURTESY OF KNA

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has raised a red flag on illegal sand trade in rivers across Kitui County citing extensive environmental degradation and depletion of water resources.

The illegal sand harvesting has worsened water scarcity in the arid county forcing thousands of households to trek for tens of kilometres in search of the precious commodity, essential in fighting Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking in Kitui the County NEMA Director Njoki Mukiri said that they were aware of the ongoing sand trade despite a ban imposed by the County Government in 2018.

Mukiri said the County Environmental Committee will stop sand harvesting in a bid to find a long lasting solution to make it sustainable.

“We have noted that several riverbeds have been degraded and left bare. Urgent and radical measures must be undertaken to protect the natural resources as per national sand harvesting regulations,” said Mukiri.

This comes on the backdrop of protest by residents of Nduumoni and Kwa Masesi in Kitui Central over illegal sand harvesting in Tiva River which they say has threatened the ecosystem and their only source of water.

The irate locals claimed cartels were conniving with some families to conduct the illegal sand trade thereby causing environmental degradation and a serious decline in water levels.

The locals want the NEMA and the County Government of Kitui to strictly enforce the existing ban on sand trade besides ensuring that the culprits are punished.

|

Comments are closed.

CS TOBIKO CALLS FOR ENFORCEMENT OF LAWS TO PROTECT RIPARIAN RESERVE

Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Keriako Tobiko has called on all stakeholders including the National and county governments to […]

GOVERNMENT TO DEVELOP BAMBOO POLICY

Environment and Forestry Principal Secretary Dr Chris Kiptoo has called on Kenyans to embrace bamboo growing terming it as the […]

ENVIRONMENT PS MEETS WITH BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVE TO DISCUSS CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

Environment PS Dr. Chris Kiptoo  held discussions with British High Commission Head of Economic Development and Climate Mr. Mike Foster, […]

TAG CLOUD

| (971)

WP Cumulus Flash tag cloud by Roy Tanck requires Flash Player 9 or better.