Civil society groups applaud ongoing crackdown on drug barons

A file photo of cash and heroine drugs seized in Mombasa./FILE

Mombasa, KENYA: Civil society groups have applauded the government’s move on the crackdown of suspected drug barons on going at the Coast.

Addressing journalists in Mombasa on Friday, the regional co-ordinator of The Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance Hamisi Mwaguzo said the plight has greatly affected the youth and revealed that accounts to 80 per cent of the population.

He uttered that the exercise should be conducted with a lot of transparency and not being politicized.

Mwaguzo claimed that the whole issue has been politicized saying the government knows all the suspected drug cartels at the coast.

He said lately, the Kenyan intelligence has been improved and there is reliable information regarding people implicated with drugs.

“The exercise should be conducted with a lot of transparency. It is unfortunate that the exercise is being politicized.” He said.

On the other hand, the Liwatoni Deputy Principal Abdulrahim Una said parents are to be blamed for laxity towards their children with the rise of radicalization.

The official said all the responsibilities have been left to the teachers, arguing that parents have no time with their children back at home.

He added that moral decay amongst the youth has attributed to the rise of radicalization at the Coast.

“To a certain extent parents are to be blamed. They have no time with them back at home. They have left all the responsibilities to the teacher at school,” he said.

While on tour at the Coast, President Uhuru Kenyatta sounded a tough warning to drug dealers saying they would be rounded up and punished in a fresh crackdown by government.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance has launched a programme aimed at combating radicalization among the youth at the Coast.

Regional co-ordinator Kenya Muslim Youth Alliance Hamisi Mwaguzo said the programme dubbed “INUKA” aims at bringing together various stakeholders in the war against violent extremism.

The official said the programme has been sponsored by Search for For Common Ground and other civil society crusaders at the Coast and is expected to take two years.

Mwaguzo said INUKA the project is targeting three counties including Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi.