Drug abuse in Isiolo County is on the rise as a popular drug known as ‘Kete’ is gaining popularity among the youth with fears of the drug being abused by students in schools within the county.
Speaking in Isiolo after a crisis meeting with religious leaders, county government officials, provincial administration and youth leaders, the chairman of National Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA), Julius Githiria said that the multi-sectoral teams were a coordinated effort towards the fight against drug abuse, in line with a directive by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i issued last week.
Isiolo Interfaith chairman Sheikh Ahmed lamented that those peddling the drugs are very influential in the society, adding that no steps are taken against them when members of public report to the security agencies.
National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK) Isiolo chairperson Bishop Stephen Kalunyu noted that the drug menace was worsening with every passing day and could not afford to remain silent any longer.
Julius Githira noted that there was need for all agencies to work together with religious organizations and members of public in order to ensure that the battle against drug and substance abuse becomes fruitful.