Mombasa Governor Ali Joho Promises to End Drug use Menace Within Six Months

Governor Hassan Joho on Friday last week said drug barons use sea transport to smuggle drugs into the country and have turned coastal towns into drug dens .
Governor Joho, who has declared drugs as a county disaster in Mombasa, said he will end the menace in six months. He has issued a stern warning to drug barons to cease from the trade.

Joho recently conducted a raid on drug dens in Mwembe Tayari where hundreds of youths and street children were nabbed. He directed county security officers to step up the crackdown to flush out drug peddlers.

In his speech read, by Deputy Governor Hazel Katana during the opening of NIC Bank in Changamwe on Wednesday, Joho said the porous borders on the coastline have contributed to the trade, which has affected the youth in the region.

Joho said Coast province is vulnerable because it is a major tourist destination in East Africa with a cosmopolitan population and a large number of youths, most of whom are unemployed. More than 30,000 youths abuse drugs. Joho said he is committed to stamping out heroin and cocaine, which are common in Mombasa.

[The Star]
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