Arrest drug barons, leaders urge police

Mombasa political leaders have urged regional police to arrest key drug barons in the ongoing fight against drugs.

Led by Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, they urged police to intensify the war on drugs and arrest the big fish who thrive in drugs business which has claimed a bigger percentage of the productive youth.

“Let us cooperate with both the police, inspectorate department and other agencies to ensure the drug menace is finished ,” said Joho. Drugs menace in Coast is threatening the region’s security and now local MPs and Joho have vowed not to relent until key traffickers are brought to book.

MPs Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Badi Twalib (Jomvu), Khatib Mwashetani (Lungalunga), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe) and Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni) want President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive on illicit brews to be extended to hard drugs.

Youth who are the most productive generation have been listed as the most affected by the use of hard drugs such as heroin and cocaine.

Joho said the move will reduce crime rate in Mombasa most of which he said is as a result of drug abuse among the youth, who have also been linked to a wave of attacks especially at Mombasa’s Old town, Majengo and Kisauni criminal hot spots.

He raised the alarm over increased crime activities among the youth asking the security chiefs to get deep into the matter which seems to get out of hand despite swoops.

Nassir asked Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa to explain to the public how youth are being bailed out from police cells despite committing serious murder crimes.

“The public wants to know who bails out the youth who are behind bars, is it the Judiciary or the police? I have written to him and still waiting for an explanation,” he said.

The Mvita MP accused parents of allegedly failing to stop their children from joining terror groups such as al Shabaab.