The Government has pledged to strengthen the capacity of National Agency for the Campaign Against Drug Abuse (NACADA) to suppress the supply of illicit alcohol, narcotic drugs and other psychotropic substances.
Speaking during the inspection and accreditation of the Ihururu Treatment and Rehabilitation Center, Tetu Constituency, Nyeri County, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kindiki Kithure said the move is meant to complement the ongoing national operation to tame drugs and alcohol abuse.
The Government has ranked the trade, consumption and abuse of illicit alcohol, narcotics drugs and psychotropic substances as one of the five key national security threats, that include terrorism, banditry and livestock rustling, cultural, religious and political extremism, and climate change.
“We commend the partnership between the National Government and County Governments in combating the menace of drugs and alcohol abuse, and rehabilitation of persons affected by substance abuse. This partnership includes the establishment of facilities and institutions for rehabilitation of persons affected by substance addiction,” CS Kindiki said.
The Interior CS said that in order to liberate thousands of young people misled by unscrupulous traders and hooked in the consumption of illicit alcohol and narcotic drugs, NACADA has designed a program for following up on persons who have been rehabilitated, assist them to acquire skills and establish income generating activities, that will help them participate in the growth of our economy.
During his visit to Nyeri on Wednesday, CS Kindiki was accompanied by Nyeri County Deputy Governor David Kinaniri, NACADA Directors and management, and residents of Dedan Kimathi Ward in attendance.