In Summary
  • Commissioner John Elungata says charcoal burning is a dangerous activity which is also used to aid terrorism activities.
  • Mr Elungata said some of those posing as charcoal burners could be terrorists or sympathizers planning attacks in the region.
  • Lamu East MP Athman Shariff who defended charcoal burners saying they only do it for subsistence use.

Residents of Lamu and the Coastal region have been warned against involving themselves in charcoal trade.

Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata says charcoal burning is a dangerous activity which is also used to aid terrorism activities and therefore should be stopped.

Speaking during a tour of Boni forest this week, Mr Elungata observed that charcoal burning had increased at the coastal region in recent times, particularly in the various forests in Lamu, and was causing environmental degradation.

BANNED TRADE

The Coast Regional Commissioner directed the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) officers in the region to enforce the ban and ensure the trade doesn’t take place in those places.

He also appealed to all stakeholders to channel their efforts towards fighting the now illegal charcoal trade.

Mr Elungata said it’s unfortunate that some of those posing as charcoal burners could actually be terrorists or sympathizers planning attacks in the region.

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