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Nacada requires KES 1 billion to fight drugs at the Coast

04 September 2015, 09:32 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and drug abuse (Nacada) chairman, John Muthutho has said that the coast region requires close to KES 1 billion to resolve the drug menace.

Muthutho said the Authority is being underfunded and its budget was slashed by 50% in the last budget which has affected efforts to fight drugs countrywide.

“Currently, the Coast region requires KES 1 billion to bring everything in order in this region as the number of addicts in the region has increased,” said Muthutho.

Speaking during a consultative meeting aimed at strategizing war on drug abuse in the region that brought together leaders from all the 6 counties at the Coast and senior police officers, Mututho said the County government should use the funds they collect from the liquor licenses to treat drug addicts.

“Section 5 of the Muthutho laws requires that the monies collected from the counties should be used to treat the drug addicts,” said Muthutho.

Board Member Sheikh Juma Ngao called upon Coast parliamentarians to contribute KES 20 million each, and governors KES 100 million to build rehabilitation centers in the region.

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Ngao said currently Mombasa has over 23 000 heroine addicts, a situation that he said is threatening youth development in the area.

Shiekh Ngao said politicians should stop the bickering and spring into action to resolve the drug menace.

“Why are our governors not leading the fight against drug abuse at the moment we have the political goodwill from the president?” he posed.

He said leaders in Mombasa, Kwale and Taita Taveta should come together under the Jumuiya ya Kaunti umbrella and build one referral rehabilitation center, and later involve Kilifi, Lamu and Tana River.

Ngao said Nacada was allocated KES 160 from last year’s budget to spearhead campaigns against drug abuse.

“We do not receive enough funds to help us campaign against drug abuse. We appeal to the President to give us more funds,” said Ngao.

He also called upon the national government to dedicate more powers to the County government to enable them tackle drug menace in the counties.

This comes after coastal leaders declared war on drug barons in the region. On Wednesday, police shot dead a suspected peddler at Makuburini area.

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