Coast based anti-drug activists have taken Kisauni MP Ali Mbogo head on over his resent sentiments that drug rehabilitation centres were no longer effective in the fight against drug abuse in the region.
Led by Reachout Centre Trust Executive director Taib Abdulrahman they scoffed at Mbogo saying he was totally misinformed and he should retract his sentiments and work closely with the anti-drug activists to enhance harm reduction processes in the region.
According to Taib, such leaders are very instrumental in the fight against drug use and they ought to work closely with stakeholders in fighting drugs within the Coast so as to dissuade young generation from the menace.
Speaking at Old town Drop-in centre in Mombasa, Wednesday, Taib said the Kisauni legislature if genuine enough should meet various stakeholders in his Constituency so that together they deliberate on amicable solutions to the security but social problem.
“We are perturbed by such remarks from a honorable member, rehabilitation centres have played a vital role in helping youth out of drug addiction,” noted Mr. Taib.
He thwarted reasons given by the MP that private rehabilitation centres were expensive and that drug users could not afford the services saying such remarks were not genuine from such a dedicated political leader.
“Mbogo can in fact come to us and sponsor some of drug users, Reachout has helped thousands of drug users who successfully went through rehabilitation programs and are now working, managing their own small businesses and some raising their own families,” he added.
He thrashed Mbogo’s claims defending the tremendous work that Reachout Centre Trust, Mewa, Teens watch in Ukunda and Omari project in Malindi have been doing in disentangling youth from drug addiction.
He raised concerns that without any proper and close monitoring, all the monies and cleaning equipment dished out to recovering drug users may not be helpful, not until the recovering drug users change their attitude and get psycho-social support.
In his recent remarks while giving out cash of up to 100 thousand shillings and cleaning equipment, Mbogo scoffed at drug rehabilitation centres at the Coast saying they have contributed nothing in the fight against drug use, sentiments that never went down well with the anti-drug activists at the Coast.