Declare drugs a national disaster, state told
Declaring the drug problem a national disaster will contribute significantly
to reduce the drug addiction problem in Coast region.
Nominated MP Sheikh Muhammad Dor said it was high time that the
government declare the problem a national disaster as this will
allow more resources to be directed at the war against drug trafficking.
The legislator said the drug abuse problem in the region needed
urgent attention as thousands of youths were already addicted to
using the illicit and dangerous substances.
"We have been campaigning against drugs but time has come when the
problem should be declared a national disaster so that the campaign
is intensified," he said. The MP, who is also the Council of Imams
and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) secretary general urged the government
to increases its resolve in fighting the menace by arresting drug
barons and having them prosecuted.
took issue with the anti-narcotics department saying it was doing
little to put an end to the vice. He went on to challenge the newly-posted
officers to name and shame known suspects in drug trafficking. Mere
transfer of police officers would do little to curb the proliferation
of drugs but a radical and sincere approach which would not spare
those involved would have the desired effects, he said.
council organising secretary Sheikh Khalifa Muhammad called for
action to be taken against police officers who are colluding with
drug barons. He expressed disappointment that while community leaders
have reported cases of police officers protecting drug peddlers,
their information was not acted upon. "We are worried that the police
protect the peddlers and the drugs find their way to the drug addicts,"
Meanwhile the Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims (SUPKEM) coast chairman
Sheikh Muhdhar Khitamy has called for speedy investigations and
persecution of drug traffickers. He accused the police of deliberately
delaying the investigations and said they are doing a disservice
to Kenyans who are eager to see that the law catches up with those
who are involved in the illicit narcotics business.
Last month, the Internal Security Minister George Saitoti named
four Members of Parliament as key players in the drug trafficking
mentioned were Juja MP William Kabogo, Kilome legislator John Haron
Mwau, Makadara MP Gidion Mbuvi and his Kisauni compatriot Ali Hassan
Joho. Also mentioned was prominent Mombasa businessman Ali Punjani.
The four have vehemently denied their involvement in the illegal
but profitable drug trade. The Coast region is the worst affected
with Mombasa, Malindi and Lamu being the hard hit areas.