Drugs: Mombasa Women Threaten to Strip Naked
This call was made by the Coast Women Lobby Group leader Farida Tolle, who consequently gave the government a 7 day ultimatum to take action against known drug peddlers.
“This has to stop. Wauzaji wanajulikana lakini hakuna hatua inachukuliwa dhidi yao (The drug lords are known, yet no action is being taken against them),” she said adding that the women are now tired of seeing their sons and kinsmen suffering as a result of the drugs.
Speaking exclusively to Breaking News Kenya the Kisauni district’s ‘Tuamke’ Anti Drug abuse lobby group’s chairman, Charles Bunde, concurred with the women group and added that they will be taking some drastic measures to curb the rampant increase of drug use in the area.
“We will start lynching these suspects. We are tired and we cannot continue seeing our brothers wasting by the streets.”
Mr. Bunde accompanied this reporter on a tour of Kisauni, where drug abuse is worse than any other region of the Coast, and what we saw took our breath away.
At major points along the Kisauni – Bamburi road, we saw hoards of youth some as young as 14 standing at the Matatu stages, in a half asleep stupor, with bluish colored tongues, a sure sign that they have just taken a certain common drug, Rohipnol.
With such urges, the youth resort to criminal activities and its no wonder that Kisauni is one of the area with a high prevalence of Insecurity.
“Two men were killed last month on their way to work,” Charles, tells me, “They were ambushed from behind and were hit at the back of their heads, before being robbed.”
When I asked him whether he is confident of winning the war against drugs, he looked at me searchingly, and with a shrug of his shoulders, he said, “I may not succeed…..I may even have to flee eventually. But it’s worth a try.”
In the meantime, drugs flows unabated and the losses are incalculable.
Mombasa photo by Meaduva