A new cartel allegedly fronted by two chiefs and working with local police officers in Mosiro are minting millions out of outlawed charcoal.
Look at the size of a fallen tree in this Mosiro area.
The revelation of the goings-on in Mosiro Ward, which borders Kajiado in the West with Narok County, was made to KNU by two local elders in Nyumba Kumi initiative.
The two elders, who asked us to conceal their names for fear of intimidation, appealed to county commissioner David Kipkemei to intervene and safe trees in Mosiro.
“More than 200 bags of charcoal are transported to Ngong, Ongata Rongai and Kiserian daily the two chiefs and the police provide security to the cartels,” said the elders.
At a retail price of Sh5, 000 per bag, the cartels could be making a whooping Sh1 million every day, and that translate to Sh30 million per month.
The cartels appear to have left Kajiado Central after Kipkemei and his deputy, Charles Wambogo put up a brave fight against the cartels.
Several months ago, a police truck was intercepted carrying banned charcoal on the Kajiado/Namanga road but its driver was later released after Kajiado Central OCPD James Kimani said he would be disciplined within the force. The suspect was never arraigned in court.
The arresting officers were from Kenya Forest Services.
The truck came from Vigilance House in Nairobi and was suspected to be carrying the charcoal for senior officers at Police Headquarters.
When KNU contacted Kipkemei on phone, he said he will begin investigations against the chiefs, who we handed their names to him.
“I am initiating investigations immediately and if the two chiefs are found to be complacent, we will charge them in court of law. These are the vices I have been fighting and expected the chiefs to be on my side on this,” said Kipkemei.
A senior official from the county government said he had received a similar report and was yet to brief the county commissioner on the same.