SHOCKING: 10 Year-old Children Smuggling Cocaine, Bhang In Schools – NACADA

Children as young as 10 are smuggling bhang and cocaine in schools, antinarcotics campaigner Gladys Chania has said.

Chania said the situation is worsened by the fact that underage children cannot be put in rehabilitation centres.

“Underage addicts cannot be put in rehab centres together with adults. NACADA should step in and provide solutions for the underage addicts,” she said.

She spoke during the 2017 International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking at Ndumberi grounds in Kiambu town on Monday.

This year’s theme is ‘#listenfirst’.

The law stipulates that children under 18 years are not supposed to be rehabilitated but taken to approved schools.

Chania, a child and adult psychologist, said the education sector should have a requirement for drug testing.

“Can we have a requirement in the education sector for drug testing to be done on children who have done their class eight to form one? This will control the problem,” she said.

NACADA chairman Julius Ayub said the most commonly abused drugs among students are tobacco, alcohol, bhang, miraa, opium cocaine and heroin.

“There are 32 emerging drugs in Nairobi alone, which is followed by Mombasa with 21 new drug types. We need to be vigilant on what must be done to curtail this menace,” Ayub said.

Ayub said 2.2 million Kenyans are currently abusing alcohol and that this is worsened by high unemployment rates.

The authority’s chief executive officer Victor Okioma said they will focus on primary schools since that is where the problem starts.

Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery, in his speech read by Kiambu county commissioner Wilson Wanyanga, said porous borders pose a big challenge in the war against drug abuse.

“My ministry, through NACADA, is working with 13 county governments to establish treatment centres at county level,” he said.

-The Star|STANLEY NJENGA

 

Former NACADA Chairman, John Mututho Announces To Vie For Nakuru Gubernatorial Seat

Former NACADA chairman John Mututho has announced that he will vie for the governor’s seat in Nakuru County as an independent candidate come August 8th.

Addressing the press at Barons Golf Park in Naivasha, the former NACADA chairman termed the nominations as a sham adding that rigging was part of the day that declared Lee Kinyanjui as the winner.

He will be supporting the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta for a second term.

Mututho said he had indicated that he would respect the will of the people during the nominations adding that it was clear they were not free and fair.

“It is clear the party primaries for the county were rigged and marred with irregularities and did not reflect the will of the people,” he said.

According to him, the total votes cast for the gubernatorial seat exceeded those of the senator and women representative saying the figures had been exaggerated.

“You can count the votes and this will tell you the disparities which mean those who voted for the governor did not vote for either the senator or the women representative”.

He accused the incumbent Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and the winner Kinyanjui of massive rigging and bribing voters yet the exercise was to be free and democratic.

“My wife was in the cue in one of the polling stations and some agents of my rivals were giving out Sh1,000 openly, this is why I cannot accept the results of the nominations,” he said.

He said he had a vision for the county adding that should he take over leadership in August he will deliver on the promise of a better, well developed Nakuru.

“When I was campaigning I went to a village where residents have had no development since independence and the poverty levels were alarming,” he said.

He called on Kinyanjui to brace himself for a bruising battle ahead saying the will of the people must be respected and will be reflected in the general election.

Kinyanjui won after defeating incumbent Mbugua with a large margin while Mututho came a distant third.

Mbugua has already contested the election and said he was conducting an audit before deciding on his next move.

NACADA Report Shows More Children Engaging In Drugs/Alcohol Abuse In N/Rift

A new report  by NACADA indicates that the number of children engaging in drugs and alcohol abuse is on the rise in the North Rift region.

Director of the Uasin Gishu Alcoholic Drinks Control Board Armstrong Rono says children as young as 9 years are engaging in heavy drinking and abuse of drugs in counties in the region.

He says they will team up with teachers and parents to carry out prevention programs to stop children from drinking and abuse of drugs.

80% Of Shisha Smoked In Kenya Is laced With Cocaine

80% of shisha smoked in the country is laced with cocaine and other narcotics.

NACADA’s John Mututho says they sampled 300 shisha brands and found significant traces of cocaine. He says vendors deliberately lace the product to hook customers and make more sales.

Meanwhile, women living with husbands who smoke have a higher mortality rate compared to their counterparts with non-smoking husbands, as they’re more exposed to secondhand smoke. 

Joseph Kibachio from the non-communicable diseases division adds that for every shilling the government receives as revenue from the tobacco industry, we use 3 shillings for medical expenses for the effects of smoking.

 

NACADA partners with bishops, Imams in war on drugs

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NACADA has partnered with bishops and imams to offer counselling to drugs and alcohol addicts in rehabilitation centers.

Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago, chairman of the Imams in the North Rift Abubakar Bini said the NACADA partnership will help the addicts as the county doesn’t have enough counsellors.

Mandago says the war on drugs and illicit alcohol should be intensified in all villages.

Mututho Recommends Raising Of Legal Drinking Age From 18 To 21

John Mututho. | image source: the-star.co.ke | 

NACADA boss John Mututho has recommended the raising of the legal drinking age from 18 to 21 starting next year.

Should that recommendation be implemented, alcohol will be sold only to persons who are 21 years of age and above.

Mututho was speaking at the Ozone Lounge at Valley Arcade in Lavington, during this year’s closure ceremony for the campaign of ‘No ID, No Sale of Alcohol’, which was carried out in 1,000 alcohol outlets across the country in the last nine months.

Ozone Lounge was the 1000th outlet where the campaign for ‘No ID, No Sale of Alcohol’ was carried out. The campaign was conducted by Responsible Alcohol Drinks Companies Association (RADCA) in collaboration with bar owners and alcohol sellers.

Mr Mututho said there was great wisdom in raising the age limit to 21 years, since persons at that age were working and more responsible unlike 18 year olds who were still wayward.

“In the USA the age limit is 21 years, and by next year we will implement this in this country. And this will be beneficial to clubs too since instead of having 10 bouncers, they will have only one bouncer because their customers are orderly and well mannered,” said Mr Mututho.

Mututho’s suggestion was supported by the General Manager of Carlsberg, Nick Macharia, who said, “We fully support all efforts to encourage responsible drinking, and look forward to government speaking with all stakeholders in agreeing with the 21 years old age limit.”

NACADA To Train Individuals To Help Counties Fight Drug Abuse

NACADA chairman John Mututho. | image source: the-star.co.ke

The National Agency for Control of Alcohol and Drugs Abuse (NACADA) is training individuals at the county level who will help in implementing programmes to prevent the youth from engaging in drugs and alcohol abuse.

The coordinator for NACADA in the North Rift region, Eunice Arubia, says that the trained individuals will seek to families in a sensitization campaign starting November.

She added that the trainees will engage with parents so that they help in stopping the youth from engaging in alcoholism and drug abuse.

– The STAR

US government to support fight against drugs and alcohol in counties

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The US government has partnered with NACADA to support the fight against drugs and alcohol abuse in counties.

Director of the Alcoloic Drinks Control Board in Uasin Gishu Armstrong Rono says his county is one of those to benefit from the partnership whose main goal is to sensitize the youth.

Rono says new campaigns against the abuse of drugs and alcohol will be launched targeting families and especially the youth.

NACADA Board Still In Place

NACADA Board Chairman John Mututho. | image source: the-star.co.ke

President Uhuru Kenyatta has not disbanded the NACADA board as initially reported. The Presidential Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) says the President just expressed displeasure that the authority was not as effective as expected by Kenyans.

The President also ordered the cancellation of licenses for bars and other outlets selling illicit drinks and instructed the National Youth Service director Nelson Githinji to organized for the rounding up of drunk and addicted youth so that they are admitted into special centres for rehabilitation. President Uhuru said that this would help address drug abuse and alcoholism in the country.