Uhuru orders Police to destroy ship seized with drugs
29 August 2014, 08:08
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday directed
security agencies to sink a ship which was seized while carrying drugs
in the coastal city of Mombasa.
Kenyatta announced he will on Friday lead security agencies in
destroying a ship seized last month with heroin valued at about 11. 37
million U.S. dollars.
"We do not care who owns the ship or the drugs but we will destroy
them to serve as a lesson to those bent on ruining our children,"
Kenyatta said when he opened this year's Mombasa International Show.
The drugs were seized in July by security agencies who were tipped of
the vessel by the Interpol and U.S. drug reinforcement agencies.
The officers intercepted the ship and escorted to the port of Mombasa
where it docked under tight guard by both Kenya Navy and other security
Kenyatta declared a total war on the menace that has ruined the lives
of many young people in the country, stressing that the port of Mombasa
will no longer be a passage for the importation of illicit drugs.
"We will not allow drug barons to destroy the future of our young people. We will track and deal with them decisively," he said.
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has on several occasions
cited Kenya as a transit point for re-packaging and trans-shipment of
drugs to Europe and America.
International investigators have established that proceeds from narcotic trade are used to finance global terrorist networks.
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