Waititu, Ngilu Battle Over Charcoal “Resolved”

The bad blood between Governors Ferdinand Waititu and Charity Ngilu that had degenerated into verbal spats and tribal undertones over charcoal harvesting has finally stopped.

The two found themselves together during an interview with Citizen TV‘s Francis Gachuri who put them to task over their bitter row.

“Absolutely resolved,” said Mrs Ngilu. “We must make sure that we support protection of the environment and ensure our people have a different way of living, not through cutting of trees.”

Mr Waititu echoed her sentiments saying; “It is true, we have resolved it, we have been neighbours for a long time, very good neighbours. We have resolved those differences and are moving forward together.”

To make sure that the point was home, Ngilu added; “We worked together in the Water Ministry where I was minister and he was my deputy. We have a lot in common and want to see that devolution helps our people.”

Their war of words began after a lorry ferrying charcoal was burnt in Kitui days after a video surfaced of the area governor allegedly inciting youth to torch vehicles found ferrying charcoal.

The Kiambu Governor then sued his Kitui counterpart over her alleged inciteful remarks that according to him led to the torching of the lorry.

Mr. Waititu demanded that the court restrain her from issuing and making any inflammatory or inciting statements associated with charcoal business and its transportation pending the inter-parties hearing of the application.

The Kiambu Governor also urged the court to order Mrs. Ngilu not to ‘unnecessarily harass motorists’ in the pretext of enforcing the charcoal management, but be restricted to only use the due process provided by the law.

The spat even led to Mrs. Ngilu being summoned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC).


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