The government has vowed to intensify the war on drugs that have contributed to crimes in Mombasa County.
Speaking during a sensitization campaign on drugs and substance abuse at Kisauni in Mombasa, County commissioner Evans Achoki called on corporation to end the vice that has rendered many children and young people unproductive.
“Drugs have spoilt our children, the youth and families in Kisauni and the larger Mombasa, they have tarnished the renown glory of Mombasa as a tourist destination,” said Achoki
He sent a clear message to criminal gangs terrorising locals that the government will not relent in the fight against narcotics trade, consumption and supply.
“If the drug menace is to end we will face off the suppliers, peddlers and middlemen and put an end to the illegal trade. We are coming for you, arrest and convict you” Said Achoki
The commissioner tasked parents in the area to take charge of their children by enrolling them in school.
“There is free primary education and free secondary education for day scholars in Kenya. Why as a parent would you keep your child at home?” he posed.
He challenged parents to educate their children since it is the only inheritance a parent can give to a child.
“If you don’t take your children to school, you are cultivating a cycle of poverty in your family from one generation to another. Take them to a technical and vocational training which the government has subsidised tuition fees for them to have skills that will sustain them in future,” advised Achoki.
The county commissioner directed chiefs, their assistants and village elders to arrest non school going children and their parents to prevent them from being recruited into criminal and drug peddling gangs.
He called on youth to take charge of their lives, adding that the choices they make today affects their future days well being.
“You have seen many people being arrested by police, imprisoned and their lives spoilt. Why choose crime over obeying the law which protects every innocent person?” posed Mr. Achoki.
Lucy Nzioki a Community leader and a resident of Kisauni Constituency Magogoni area accused police officers of colluding with drug barons in Kisauni, Mombasa County where they go collecting protection fee from the drug peddlers.
Ms Nzioki urged the County Commissioner to streamline the security personnel by addressing the issue of corrupt police officers who are working in cohort with drug barons.