Anti-drug lobby Reachout Centre Trust (RCT) has fully backed the Community Service Order (CSO) that enables petty offenders to engage in community service instead of being jailed.
RCT Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said the order in its fully implementation will hugely contribute in the fight against drug use among youth especially in the Coast region.
Speaking at the County court during an implementation session of the order where petty offenders some being drug users were committed into community service and later released, Taib said the move has come at a time when the anti-drug activists have joined hands with the government in propagating for progressive drug policies.
He said that the efforts are slowly yielding fruits especially in the fight against drug use among the Coastal community.
“We want to extend our gratitude to the Judiciary and the Mombasa County inspectorate for attaining such goals, these are steps in the right and promising direction,” he said.
Taib said since most of the petty offenders are people abusing drugs, they will be helped out of the menace through counselling and treatment.
“The Judiciary clearly understand that sentencing these petty offenders at no point will it positively contribute to the fight against drugs in the country, leave alone the Coast region,” noted Mr. Taib.
While gracing the occasion, Mombasa Senior Resident Magistrate Martin Rabera said the Community Service Order will enhance more community engagements especially in fighting drug use among locals within Mombasa County.
“Our engagements with Reachout Centre Trust and the community have resulted into communal approach in the fight against the menace,” he said.
[Some of the petty offenders engaged into community service. Photo/Ted Kalama/RCT].
Mr. Rabera said the judiciary will engage petty offenders in community service while at the same time help them to recollect their lives and become important individuals within their own society.
The petty offenders most of them being drug users have already received counselling with others being registered into the Medically Assisted Therapy (M.A.T).