Marwa told to fight drugs, stop indulging in politics

Mvita Legislator Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir

The Coast regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa has been challenged to fight drug trafficking in the Coast region instead of indulging in politics.
Speaking after gracing a harm reduction forum at the Reach out drop-in Center at Old town in Mombasa on Thursday, Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir said that Mombasa youth were languishing in drug abuse and the vice must be fought at all costs.
“What has the administration in the region done to quell drug abuse? We only see them fighting politicians, forgetting serious social problem like drug abuse in the region,” added Nassir.
The Mvita Legislator said that drug abuse among the youth in the Coast region has become a great social problem and the National government is doing very little to tame it.
“We have spent our money and time fighting the vice but the National government and specifically the security agents have failed in their work of curbing it,” added the MP.
He challenged Marwa to come out and ensure all drug traffickers in the region are netted.
On his part, a representative from the Alliance Regional Technical in Switzerland which is leading cycle three of harm reduction international dialogue on drug users, Jacob Hubber appealed to the central government to work towards treating and rehabilitating drug users in the Country.
Mr Hubber noted with concern that the Kenyan government has failed in supporting drug users by giving them them methadone but instead has been arresting the addicts and putting them behind bars.
Hubber expressed the need for the National government to work closely with the County government in ensuring that the fight against drug abuse is a success.
Speaking at the same event, anti- drug lobby based at the Coast Reach out centre trust Executive Director Taib Abdulrahman said there is a need for amendment of the Psychotropic narcotic Act of 1994 and enforcement of section 58 of the rehabilitation care.
“We are punishing drug users and setting the traffickers scot free; are we solving the problem?” posed Mr Taib.
Mombasa County, Ukunda and Diani areas within Kwale County, Kilifi and Malindi in Kilifi County and Lamu County are the most affected by drug abuse among youths.

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