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Uhuru urges Coastal youth to shun drug lords

30 August 2014, 16:28 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Coastal youth to shun drugs and drug lords, saying that they are of no help to their lives.

The president was speaking in Kilifi Saturday on his ongoing Coastal tour and called on leaders in the region to try as much as possible to educate the youth on the problems associated with drug abuse.

" I would like to ask the youth to not be cheated into drugs and drug abuse, he said.

" I tell them that this is their life. They should not be misused by people who do not see any use in them. They should not be used badly by people with bad motives, he added.

The president also called on Coastal leaders to try as much as possible to fight drug abuse.

" You are the ones who know these people. You are the ones who should have a say on what they do. You are the ones who will defend our youth, he added.

The speech follows the destruction of KES 1.3 Billion worth of Heroin Friday, supervised by the president himself.

He insisted that he would do more in future to protect the upcoming generation.

" 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.

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