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Ban ‘Muguka’ it attracts minors to drugs

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[Photo of Muguka leaves that has become Mombasa youth favourite. Photo/Maxwell Ngala].

Youth activists at Changamwe, Mombasa County have raised concerns over many youth indulging in chewing ‘Muguka’.

They said youth under the age of 18 were enjoying chewing ‘Muguka’ which resulted into hard drug addiction among them.

Stretchers Youth Organisation Executive director Dickson Okong’o said that the habit was practiced by school going children, a sign that according to him will soon turn Changamwe into a drug zone.

Addressing a youth forum in the area, Mr. Okong’o said that most youth started off with chewing Muguka and later upgraded to hard drugs and are now in a pathetic state.

He said that youth leaders were disturbed by the quickly growing number of youth indulging in such negative habit.

Muguka is just but the first step into Cocaine and heroin,” he noted.

He appealed to the Mombasa County Assembly to ban selling and chewing of Muguka as well as Miraa in Mombasa.

“All concerned political leaders should work towards eradicating such trade since we are only breeding zombies and drug users instead of molding energetic, productive and well focused youths,” he added.

Okong’o stressed out that Muguka which is readily available and is sold at a cheaper price of up to Ksh. 50 has resulted into unproductive youth in Changamwe.

Three years ago, Nominated Member of the Mombasa County Assembly Fatma Swaleh Mote tabled a bill to ban selling and chewing of Miraa in Mombasa during day time but it was thwarted.

However, Kwale became the first and only Coast County to ban Muguka early this year.