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Government officials aiding drug barons risk jail

01 September 2015, 09:09 John Kioko

Mombasa - Cabinet Secretary for Interior and national coordination, Joseph Nkaissery has put on notice government officers who aid drug barons.

He said that any government officer found aiding or protecting drug barons will be jailed.

“I can assure you that we will jail them and if anyone has information of any government officer involved let us know. That is why the Inspector General Joseph Boinnet is with us because this is a serious issue we want to save our youths,” he said.

He made the remarks at Matuga School of government after meeting chiefs, sub-chiefs, deputy county commissioners and entire county security team to discuss ways of curbing drug abuse in Kwale County on Monday.

Nkaissery said his ministry will support the officers in the area to ensure the drug menace is completely eradicated.

“Kwale is a border frontline county with an international neighbor and so we discussed how we are going to start arresting and dealing with drug peddlers and barons who might have been using the porous border to sneak in drugs and sell them to our youth,” he said.

“There are things we cannot make public but our aim is to get the barons because we already have leads and what we are doing will be seen very soon,” he added.

He said that the exercise has no specific timeline but Kenyans will be able to see the results in two weeks.

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“Most of the drug barons are not in the country and so we have to depend on intelligence to get them,” he added.

He said that they are not interested in drug addicts who are willing to surrender for rehabilitation since the government is ready to help them.

“We will use intelligence to know where the drug dealers are so we can arrest them,” he noted.

Nkaissery, who was also accompanied by Defence Principal Secretary Ambassador Dr. Monica Juma, coast regional coordinator Samuel Kilele and Kwale county commissioner Evans Achoki among other security officials said that drug addicts will not be victimized by police.

“County government is working with the national government to put up a rehabilitation center in Kwale and so those who will come out will be assisted. Being a drug addict is not a crime," he said.

Nkaissery said that police officers have been briefed on how to conduct the exercise to ensure drug addicts are not victimized.

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