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Makueni and Kitui sign Sand Conservation pacts

By Stephen Nzioka | Published Fri, January 19th 2018 at 00:00, Updated January 18th 2018 at 22:55 GMT +3
Sand harvesters load the commodity into their Lorries at Maashuru area. [Photo by Peterson Githaiga/Standard]

Makueni and Kitui counties yesterday signed an agreement aimed at conserving sand in the two devolved units.

The two governments took a common stand since the two counties have been experiencing illegal sand harvesting, which affect water conservation in the arid regions.

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The agreement was signed by Kitui’s County Executive Committee Member for Water John Makau and his Makueni counterpart Robert Kisyula.

Both agreed to create sand banks for sand dealers to be able to get the multi-billion-shilling commodity from those stations instead of illegally scooping from the rivers.

“We take a common position on conservation and utilisation of natural resources as a trans-boundary need that requires regional approach,” read the statement signed by the two executives.

They further explored possibility of value addition to sand which might involve coming up with ceramics industrial production and related products to create wealth for the two counties.

The meeting was attended by Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and his deputy Adelina Mwau.

The leaders urged Machakos and Kajiado counties to team up with the two devolved units to ensure sustainable sand harvesting, environment and climate change management.