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Lamu residents worried over increased drug menace

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[Mokowe Ward MCA Aspirant Yunus Is'hakia Ahmed (Seated is ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi. Photo/Ahmed Omar/June, 26, 2022].

Lamu residents have once again raised the red flag over increased drug menace in the county.

The residents say the situation has transformed from bad to worse as many youth are being trapped into the menace every day.

Speaking in Mokowe in Lamu on Saturday the residents mostly women lamented on the worrying situation saying most youth have been emersed in drugs totally becoming unproductive in the society.

The women appealed to the next government to invest in various ways of taming drug menace in Lamu.

They warned that when the situation in not properly handled, Lamu county will be grounded and turned to a drug hub.

Addressing the same forum, Mokowe Ward Aspirant on an ANC Party ticket Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed admitted that indeed Lamu county is languishing in drugs.

He said his peers in the County have been affected by Drug Dependence Disorders (DDD) and cannot be depended upon by neither their families nor the community.

The renowned human rights defender turned politician appealed to Kenya Kwanza Alliance that he is allied to, to dedicate itself in transforming the situation and give Lamu youth fresh life away from drugs.

“The only rehabilitation we have here charges our parents almost Ksh. 100,000 for a full three or four months recovering programme, we can’t afford that,” he said in the forum that was also attended by ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi.

The youthful politician vowed to implement continuous engagement forums with the youth in a bid deter them from indulging in drug use.

He also vowed to work with the community at grassroots level in a bid to empower the community and make it self reliant through job creation and small business opportunities.

On his part, Mudavadi promised to closely work with Lamu dwellers so as to enhance the transformation and efforts to improve locals’ living standards.