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Two to serve six months in jail for burning charcoal without permit

04 June 2015, 09:16 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Two men have been handed a six-month imprisonment each or alternatively pay a fine of KES 50 000 for burning charcoal in a forest.

Appearing before Nanyuki Principal Magistrate Waititu Gichimo, the two, Boniface Kimathi and Daniel Losike admitted to charges of illegally burning charcoal at Kwamuru forest, Laikipia County on June 1.

According to the prosecution, forest rangers attached to the said forest were on their normal patrol that day when they bumped into the two accused persons burning charcoal without permit.

Read Also: Government lifts ban on timber harvesting

The officers found two sacks of charcoal, leading to their arrest.

They were escorted to Nanyuki police station and charged with the offense.                

In mitigation, the convicts pleaded for leniency citing that their young families depended on them for daily living.

However, the magistrate punished them saying that the offense was against the forestry laws.

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