Lamu county askaris to a be given powers of arresting drug deallers

Lamu county askaris to a be given powers of arresting drug deallers

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Lamu, KENYA: The county assembly of Lamu is in the process of formulating a legislation that will give county inspectorate the mandate to find and arrest drug dealers and users in the county.

Lamu governor Issa Timamy said the move is aimed at eradicating or at least reducing drug use that has enslaved thousands of young people in Lamu County.

Speaking in Lamu on Wednesday,Timamy said drugs have become a disaster in the county and called on all stakeholders including the police, political and religious leaders together with residents to work together in war on drugs in the county.

Areas that have been recorded to be worst affected by drug use in Lamu include Lamu island, Mpeketoni, Witu, Mbwajumwali, Myabogi, Pate, Tchundwa and Siyu.

Timamy appealed to MCAs in the county to hasten the legislation and said it would also ease identification of key drug dealing suspects in the region.

“We want the county askaris to be given the power to hunt down and arrest drug dealers once they spot them around. We are just waiting for the concerned legislation to be put in place,” said Timamy.

Timamy also warned politicians who had the tendency of bailing out drug dealers whenever they are arrested saying the habit was frustrating the efforts to fight the vice.

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“Am also appealing to the police to arrest any person who will come wanting to bail out drug dealers. We can’t make all this efforts only for some people to come and interfere. Those who do that simply imply that they have a hidden agenda with the culprits,” said Timamy.