Politician Sankok Teeka has given governor Joseph Lenku one week’s notice to rescind sand harvesting ban or face his wrath.
Teeka, who did not expound how he intends to unleash the said wrath, said the decision by the county government to ban trade was “ill-informed” and in “bad taste”.
“While as the people of Kajiado believe in new policies to guide mining in the region, there is need to consult the people before taking such disastrous actions. He is being heartless to the plight of thousands of people depending on sand trade,” said Teeka.
Teeka made the remarks during a press conference at Kitengela town yesterday when he said that while he believes in streamlining sand harvesting in the region; the county government should have done so without banning the trade.
The politician was speaking after meeting with Lee Shee Kee Africa Developers from Hong Kong.
“What I am telling the governor is, sand business can still move on as the county formulates its rules, laws and regulations. He does not rain sand, this is a natural resource. Thousands of people who have no other means of income depend on this business to feed their children and educate them,” said Teeka.
The politician, who has already indicated his interest in the governorship seat in 2022, threatened he will mobilize the youth in the county who eke their living from sand harvesting and other stakeholders to demonstrate at the county headquarters at the end of the notice.
The county government banned sand harvesting and its trade in all the corners of the region last week until further notice.
Deputy governor Martine Moshisho issued the ban order on Wednesday last week and said it took effect immediately.
Moshisho said police had also been instructed to arrest drivers and to detain their trucks if found ferrying sand out of Kajiado.
The county collects Sh140 million in sand revenue annually, and say it has a potential to collect Sh240 million annually if sanity is restored in the industry. Sand transporters export 300 trucks each day from Kajiado to Nairobi and other counties.
The ban will affect construction business in the county as the county government did not specify it had also banned sand from outside the region.
“Two weeks ago, I convened a meeting with all the stakeholders in the sand industry and we agreed that trucks carrying the commodity from our seasonal rivers should not be over loaded, but they continued to do otherwise,” said Moshisho.
He continued; “Four days after, our officers from the environment department were stoned by truck drivers when they attempted to inspect the trucks carrying sand. With all these happenings, I am now banning harvesting of sand in Kajiado.”
The deputy governor said the ban remain in place until the county comes up with new policies of how the sand industry will be managed.
“We cannot work with the goons, and therefore we are saying no more business with them until we come up with new policies. They have degraded our rivers for many years and they now want to demean us,” said Moshisho.