Joho takes on Judiciary as war on drugs intensifies
02 September 2015, 09:25
Mombasa - Mombasa governor, Hassan Ali Joho has accused the Judiciary of being lenient with drug barons and has proposed that changes be made regarding bailing of drug peddlers.
Joho said the Judiciary has been issuing unrealistic bond terms to minor drug peddlers and releasing the kingpins on more lenient bond terms.
“We have seen the Judiciary release some alleged to have trafficked huge consignments of drugs on KES 2 million bond terms while someone arrested with two sachets gets KES 10 million bond. That is what we want that to change,” said Joho.
He said there was an urgent need to revise the law and hefty fines and charges be imposed on drug barons and addicts.
Speaking at the Fort Jesus historic site after President Uhuru Kenyatta's visit to the Marikiti market and walk on the streets of the historical Old Town area where he launched the NYS cleaning project in Mvita, Joho said he was aware of drug barons who managed to skip sentence.
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The governor urged the public to be on the front line in the fight against drugs and substance abuse in the region by providing information to the police.
“We want the parents to be in front line and give us all the information on the drug dens and we will come for them,” urged Joho.
The governor also cautioned the youths not to take for granted the initiatives started by the President for their own benefit.
Also speaking at the event was Mvita legislator, Abdulswamad Sherrif Nassir who said they will push to have the core capital banking bill amended.
He also revealed that fishermen in Mombasa will be provided with boats to boost fishing in the region.
The President's visit at the famous Old Town area is expected to mend the tainted image of the area which has been overtaken by a group of knife gangs who rob people in broad daylight and scare away tourists.
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