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Religious leaders blame terorism on drug abuse

01 April 2014, 11:48 John Kioko

Kwale - Religious leaders in Kwale County have blamed terrorist attacks in Likoni on drug abuse and accused human rights groups of discriminating against victims of the attacks.

Bishop Wilber Gogo, who is in charge of Gospel Revival Churches in the coastal region, said that the government should deal with the issue of drug abuse in the country as it will help in the fight against terrorism.

He said that most of the youths involved in terrorist attacks are influenced by drugs which make them to senselessly and mercilessly kill innocent people, citing the Likoni incident.

“We might blame Muslims for nothing but the big problem is drugs which get their way to our country every day because our borders are porous and security officials reluctant,” he said.

Bishop Gogo said that most of the attacks might be executed by hired youths who are already drug addicts and not the al shabaab as has been reported, asking the government to up its game in fighting the drug menace.

He also lashed out at human rights groups in the country of discriminating against terror victims saying they only fight for the suspects and leaving out innocent victims and those killed in the attacks

He was speaking at Kwale cultural hall on Monday during an inter-religious and security officials meeting to establish a good relationship between different religions and security agents in fighting terrorism.

The meeting was attended by Muslim leaders, church leaders, security officials led by county commissioner Evans Achoki and governor Salim Mvurya.

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