Uhuru not afraid of dark forces
30 August 2014, 09:59
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta was quick to point out that he would not stop his pursuit of drugs and dealers, even if they are from the darkest part of the world.
The president, who personally led an operation to blow up a
ship and destroy heroin worth over 11.4 million U.S. dollars (KES 1.3 Billion), warned
the Port of Mombasa would no longer be a passage for the importation of
He also overlooked a court order that threatened to derail the process to go on with the destruction.
"We will not allow drug barons to destroy the future of our young
people. We will track and deal with them decisively," he said in Mombasa Friday.
Kenya recently signed a bilateral agreement with some Western nations
that among others allows the countries to cooperate on sharing
intelligence on drug tracking crime.
The drug use is blamed for affecting the ability of thousands of
youth in the coastal town from going to school or performing
economically productive roles.
Kenyatta said the destruction of the heroin sent a clear signal to
drug traffickers that they will not be allowed to continue the illegal
trade at the expense of the dreams of the Kenyan youth.
The president, aboard a Kenya Air Force chopper and the Kenya Navy in
their modern warship KNS Jasiri -- led journalists, security personnel
and anti-narcotic officials as the ship and the drugs were blown off in a
well-coordinated exercise in the high seas.
The destruction of drugs impounded by the Kenya Navy last month was
also witnessed by delegates who have been in the coastal city of Mombasa
attending the 16th East Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization
(EAPCCO) annual general meeting.
Kenya's National Authority for the Campaign against Alcohol and Drug
Abuse (NACADA) Chairman John Mututho said destruction of the drugs and
the ship should serve as the final warning to drug barons.
He said owners of the destroyed drugs will be tracked down and
prosecuted. "We are investigating 50 suspected drug barons and we are
sure we will recommend action by the end of the year," Mututho said.
The NACADA chairman asked Parliament to review and strengthen the
anti-narcotics law of 1994 to hasten the conclusion of drug- related
cases in courts.
Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said the government will not
relent and has enhanced patrol in the sea to secure the future of
Kenyan children by keeping them off drugs.
Traffickers have increasingly become smarter because of improved
surveillance at the airports and have now resorted to using roads to
reach their intended destinations.
Officials said the tragedy for Kenya has been the fact that some of
the drugs have filtered into the country with cocaine and heroin being
blamed for the drug use epidemic that is currently being contained in
Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa.
Analysts said drug trafficking is also a threat to political
stability in the eastern Africa region because beneficiaries can use the
illicit money to influence government decision or support insurgents
groups to fight legitimate governments.
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