Authorities from Kiambu have raised concerns over the rising cases of drug abuse among the youth in Witeithie Juja Sub-county.
According to National Authority for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA), heroin and cocaine are some of the drugs being peddled and consumed in the area.
Speaking during a security and development Baraza organized at Witeithie market by Juja sub-county DCC Charles Muriithi, NACADA central region manager Amos Warui said drug peddlers have found a lucrative market in Witeithie due to its proximity to Nairobi.
“Drug peddlers are targeting the youth to make a quick buck at the expense of our future generation,” Warui said even as he wared that serious action must be taken immediately to reverse the situation.
He accused the Kiambu County Government of laxity saying it has been issuing liquor licenses recklessly.
“These days the youth, especially college and university students, are endangering their lives by injecting themselves with these hard drugs thereby spreading HIV and Hepatitis B among themselves,” he said.
Andrew Githui from NACADA said smoking is costing the world 8 million lives per year and should be avoided at all cost adding that Miraa is also the reason behind cases of importance in the Country.
His sentiments were echoed by DCC Muriithi who reacted swiftly to residents’ outcry over the sale and consummation of alcohol and drugs in the area by ordering for a crackdown against outlets operating illegally as well as the drug peddlers.
At the same time DCC Muriithi warned the youths against being used by politicians to propagate violence saying police are looking for hooligans who were hired to attack a campaign convoy.
New Weteithie OCS, Chief Inspector Mugo called on the community for support to weed out drugs in the region saying use of drugs among the youth is one of the main reason they are being used by politicians.
According to Jubilee ward aspirant Edith Wakio wine and spirits outlets are opening at 5a.m and closing at midnight which has led to men and youths abdicated their responsibilities.
“We want to know why the County Government of Kiambu has decided to allow these illegal outlets to ruin the society. These joints are now almost in every plot in the Estate,” the aspirant said.
The chairman of bars owners association in the area George Gitau said unlicensed liquor cutlets should be closed saying illegal activities were destroying the investment of licensed operators.