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Law regulating sale and use of miraa underway

09 April 2014, 15:11 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) has said a bill that will regulate the selling and chewing of miraa will soon be tabled in parliament for debate.

According to NACADA executive director, Fazul Mahammed, the bill is being drafted at its on the final drafting stages and will soon be tabled on parliament for adoption.

Once passed into law, the selling and chewing of miraa will only be allowed between 5pm and 9pm.

In a national harm reduction workshop which was held in Mombasa, Nacada called on the government to come up with a proper legal framework on the fight against drug and substance use in the country.

Nacada had claimed that the current anti-narcotics Act of 1994 according to them needs to be amended properly and tough penalties imposed on the drugs barons in the country.

Fazul said if proper legislative agenda on miraa consumption is enacted by parliament, then the country would win the fight against drugs.

“We need to stand up and come up with a legislative agendum either at national or county level. You can’t just decide to sell miraa on the sides of the road,” said Fazul.

This bill, which is expected to bring order in the industry, was muted at the harm reduction workshop seminar which brought together health stakeholders and members of the Civil society.

Mombasa County is listed among the counties most affected by drug addiction in the region, with over 20 000 addicts who needs attention and only three rehabilitation centers.

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