By Elly Mwaghumba/James Muchai
Police have launched investigations into an incident in which two cars one of which belongs to an anti-drugs crusader were set ablaze by unknown people at Ukunda in Kwale County.
Following the Sunday night incident, Cosmas Maina, the Director of Teens Watch, which rehabilitates youth addicted to drugs in the county, claimed his life was in danger.
According to Maina, he suspects that the people behind the burning of his car could also be plotting to eliminate him owing to his active role in the fight against drug abuse.
“I have worked with Teens Watch for 16 years and there has never been such an incident like this before. I suspect some individuals are behind the occurrence so as to pull down our efforts in fighting the drug menace,” he said. An estimated 6,000 youth are addicted to drugs in the county.
An investigating officer at Diani Police Station, Francis Kairu said the fire started inside an unused car at a parking lot before spreading to that of Maina.
Kairu said that they had commenced investigations to establish the motive behind the incident and to bring the culprits to book.
“We are seeking information from witnesses to establish the root cause of the unfortunate incident,” he assured.
He urged members of the public to work closely with the police and give any hints that could lead to the arrest of those involved.
“Anyone with information about the incident should not hesitate to contact the police as this will help us to nail the culprits,” said Kairu.
Maina who is also the County Deputy Drug Prevention Coordinator said through his organisation and other stakeholders many local youths addicted to drugs are now being rehabilitated.
“We have managed to introduce Methadone therapy which is the most effective in drug addiction detoxification and this will help many of the addicts to recover quickly,” he said.
The incident comes barely a week after it was reported that detectives were hunting a known drug baron whose main interests are in Diani at the South Coast.
The suspect is said to be a close ally of one of the recently arrested suspected drug barons in Mombasa and reportedly supplies large quantities of narcotics from neighbouring countries.
Kenyan authorities have arrested more than eight drug barons in renewed efforts against drug dealing especially at the coast where many youths have been turned into zombies by drugs.