Despite efforts by the government and other non-governmental organisations to enroll people affected by drugs to rehabilitation centres, the alternative according to youth activist has yielded nothing in the fight against drug menace in the region.
The government has been further challenged to initiate community programs and community intelligence strategies that will help reveal information that will help apprehend drug lords in the region.
Youth activist and ‘Old Town Sports for Development’ Patron Yusuf Mohammed said though the non-governmental organisations have been operating various rehabilitation institutions in the region and especially in Mombasa, there has been minimal impact from such efforts.
He said the government should be sincere in taming drug menace in the Coast region.
“How many rehabilitation should we construct? How many will be enough to save the situation? The government should properly deal with drug lords,” noted Mr. Mohammed.
Mohammed who is famously known as Coach Ndere has been nurturing young talents in Old Town area to push them to sports and dissuade them from drugs.
“Most of these organisations fighting drug addiction among youth are mostly targeting youth above 18 years while the real drug addiction begins at the age of 12,” revealed Mohammed.
[Coach Ndere during mentorship activity in Old town, Mombasa. Photo/courtesy].
He challenged the players in the anti-drug campaign to focus more on the minors as a preventive measure and not putting more focus on rehabilitation.
Coach Ndere encouraged more communal approach in taming the drug menace in the region and especially in Mombasa.
His remarks we earlier shared by Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo who rubbished the rehabilitation efforts saying they have had very minimal impact in countering drug addiction among Mombasa youth.
However, in a quickly rejoinder, Reachout Centre Trust an anti-drug lobby CEO Taib Abdulrahman explained how effective the institutions have been in disentangling youth from the menace and reintegrate them with their families.
Taib urged the political leaders and youth activists to join hands in deterring the young generation from indulging in drug use.