30 international university students deported over drug trafficking

Interior CS Fred Matiang'i./FILE

Nairobi, KENYA: The government has deported 30 international students involved in drug trafficking in Kenyan universities.

This is according to the Acting Cabinet secretary for  Interior Dr. Fred Matiang’i.

Matiangi who was addressing the media on Monday, said there are drug lords who were using students in order to sell hard drugs in universities, that led to increase in cases of unrest.

“We have been fairly ruthless in deporting international students who have either been caught selling drugs or are part of cartels,” he said.

“We have recently deported over 30 drug peddlers posing as students in various universities in the country.” Said the CS.

The CS said that In April, the government launched investigations into public universities following reports that drug cartels were operating openly.

Following the incident, Matiangi who is also CS for Education alluded that the government asked the institutions to ensure the drugs are done away with.

“We have imposed serious responsibilities on our universities to ensure they are used for learning, not peddling drugs.” Said Matiang’i.

He further noted that despite the war on drugs almost being successful, there are many challenges that make it not to be over yet.

“Let me not pretend…we have not been 100 percent successful in controlling the matter. The traffickers think ahead of us in terms of how they move the drugs,” he said.

Early this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta talked tough against drug dealing during a visit to the Coast, when he said that his administration would eliminate barons.

He has however been criticized for reiterating his remarks over the years while the illegal business continues.

Deputy President William Ruto noted that money from drug dealing is used to fund terrorists.