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County to control sale, consumption of miraa

11 September 2015, 14:20 Joseph Njung'eh

Kirinyaga - Kirinyaga County government has initiated a policy to control the sale and use of miraa in the area.

The County executive member for culture, social services, youths and sports Rev. Magdalene Mwangi said the emerging trend of miraa chewing needs to be controlled hence the need for a policy to regulate and moderate selling of miraa.

Mwangi observed that chewing of miraa is quickly replacing the consumption of illicit brew in many areas of the County, which she said is a worrying trend.

Reverend Magdalene, speaking in Kutus town when she met some religious leaders, said: “This trend is prevalent even in the remote areas of our County,” she said.

Read Also: Female Miraa smugglers arrested in Mombasa

“The policy will also capture education, sensitization and a spirited campaign to ensure the youths are made aware of the ills of engaging in the chewing of miraa,” she said.

She added that it is unfortunate that some youths who engage in chewing of miraa are not aware of the harm caused by the practice.

“The danger of addiction is one of the major drawbacks of chewing miraa, and it is very difficult to rehabilitate these addicts,” she said.

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