Former Tharaka Nithi governor Hon.Samuel Mbae Ragwa has defended charcoal burners from the county who have been blamed for contributing to deforestation in the county especially in Tharaka.
Speaking during an tree planting event organised Francis Nyamu Kagwima foundation at Maweni in Chiakariga ward,Ragwa said the people of Tharaka Nithi and especially those from Tharaka have resulted to burning charcoal since they have no alternative to earn a living.
Ragwa faulted the Njuki led government for what he called failing to avail money in the devolved unit,forcing the locals to turn to trees to eke living.“There is no way a person will go for two days without food and expect them to spare a tree grown in their farms,definitely they will invade the trees to ensure they do not go without food,” Ragwa argued.
He said he was very optimistic that the next government will be mindful of the common man such that the county’s economy which currently is on its knees will improve and locals will not need to burn charcoal to survive.
However the former governor popularly identified with the slogan `Kaaba Ragwa’ urged the locals to plant more trees to save the environment especially a time like now it is raining.
The event was attended by various political leaders including the deputy governor Nyamu Kagwima and who is the patron of the foundation,aspiring Tharaka Mp Wilson Ngugi Diego,former deputy governor Mati Muriithi,former Nithi Mp Petkay Miriti and Marimanti Home Lodge boss Geoffrey Mucee alias Rukunja.
Ragwa finally cautioned the residents of Tharaka Nithi to stay safe to avoid being infected with covid-19 considering that new infections are surging with ministry of health warning it may be a second wave of the pandemic.