Lamu begins registration of marine vessels to tackle drug trafficking

Lamu begins registration of marine vessels to tackle drug trafficking

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

Lamu, KENYA: The office of the Lamu County commissioner Joseph Kanyiri has set off an exercise to register all marine vessels in the county security registry.

This is after Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa ordered all boats in the county to be registered as a new measure to tackle drug trafficking.

Speaking in Lamu last week,Marwa said drug traffickers were now conducting their dirty business using hired boats on the high waters of the Indian Ocean.

He said registration of the vessels would enable the security office to easily know the owner of the boat and the kind of business conducted using the vessel since they shall all be put on police radar.

Speaking in his office on Thursday,Kanyiri said his office was working with the Kenya Maritime Authority-KMA office in Lamu in order to have all marine vessels entered into the registry within the next two week period.

During his Lamu visit,Marwa also made it clear that Lamu was among the leading consumers of hard drugs and that the national government would employ all necessary means to ensure drug trafficking is brought to a close.

Kanyiri said his office was on high alert and that marine patrols have also been increased on the Indian Ocean in order to repulse any illegal activities at sea.

“We are appealing to all boast owners to cooperate so that the objective of this exercise is realized.we want to save our generations and youth from drug use and that calls for all efforts.we don’t want people to give us a hard time lest we suspected that you are one of them,”said Kanyiri.

Lamu Island alone has over 4000 boats actively plying the Indian ocean.

The exercise targets all boast including those on yonder islands including Faza, Kizingitini, Pate, Tchundwa, Kiunga and Manda.