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NACADA wants proper legal framework on narcotics

31 March 2014, 17:07 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - The National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) wants the government to come up with a proper legal framework on the fight against drug and substance use in the country.

In a national harm reduction conference in Mombasa that brought together different stakeholders in the health sector, officials from the Authority led by Nacada director, Fazul Mohammed and the national Chair, John Mututho expressed their challenges on the fight against drugs menace calling for the national assembly to amend new drug laws.

They said there is no proper law and policies to enable the anti-narcotics body to effectively carry out their mandate as per the constitution.

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.

According to the Nacada national director, Fazul Mohammed, proper legislative agenda on miraa consumption should be amended by parliament.

“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.

He noted that despite miraa being a source of income for many farmers, there should proper legislation on its consumption.

On his side, the national chair, John Mututho called on county governments to legislate laws that will control the rate of miraa consumption in their counties.

“Looking at the most dangerous drugs, miraa is number 20. We must have good legislation on this. We must have a drug-free society," said Mututho.

However, Mvita Member of Parliament, Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir plans to table a drug amendment bill in the parliament by July this year.

“We plan to come up with a new Act or strengthening the existing Acts. We can make it easier by coming up with policies that will enable Nacada work properly," said Abdulswamad.

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

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