All boats in the Coast region to be registered in a bid...

All boats in the Coast region to be registered in a bid to nab drug smugglers

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A Kenyan policeman stands next to parked boats. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa has directed all boats in Lamu, Kilifi, Mtwapa, Old Town and Shimoni in Kwale; to be registered as a move to fight the drug menace in the region.

Addressing the public at Uhuru Gardens in Mpeketoni on Thursday, Marwa said Lamu is one of the leading consumers of hard drugs.

He said drug barons had devised new techniques of smugglings drugs through the use of speed boats.

Marwa said individuals use boats while portraying to be fishermen going deep seas.

He said the fishing speed boats have however been turned into vessels that secretly carry drugs from high seas and hence called on marine security agents to be on high alert and arrest those dealing with such illegal business.

He ordered drug barons and youth dealing with and abusing narcotics in Lamu County and the entire Coast to surrender since his office is aware of those perpetrating the vice.

Marwa said it is unfortunate that many youth in Lamu and the entire Coast have completely been turned into zombies by drugs and called for corporation from all stakeholders in making the region a drugs free zone.

He said the National Government would leave no stone un turned in its bid to rid Lamu and other areas of drugs.

“Some people claim they are going fishing or swimming with their boats only to discover that a ship is waiting at the high seas. These speed boats are the ones ferrying drugs from far to come and give our youth,” said Marwa.

He ordered local administrators including chiefs and their assistants to be at the forefront in the war against drugs.

He directed the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA), Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Marine Police and the Kenya Navy officers to inspect all boats within the Indian Ocean waters.

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He also told local politicians to work with security forces to ensure drugs are eliminated.

“I have brought the war on drugs to Lamu. Let all speed boats from Lamu all the way to Shimoni in Kwale be registered as soon as possible, even if it is hired.” said Marwa.