By The Coast Newspaper Team
The government has issued a stern warning to drug barons importing and cheaply retailing drugs to vulnerable youths within Mombasa County.
Addressing hundreds of locals during the 56th Jamhuri day celebration at Tononoka ground on Wednesday Mombasa county commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said ordinary Kenyans cannot afford to import and trade in such a drugs.
Kitiyo attributed the upsurge in crime in various parts of the county to the drugs being illegally sneaked into the country by merciless drug cartels.
He said “you cannot afford this business. There must be some rich people behind the youths. This trade is quite an expensive one”
The county commissioner further blamed parents on claims of forfeiting their parental obligations.
The CC warned all juvenile gangs in various parts of the county.
“As security agents we would want to have parents with youths aged below 18 years who engage in criminal activities with the police” he said.
On the issue of land the commissioner said there exists a system of land cartels within the county.
The CC says land cartels find their way into the judiciary seeking court orders to stop genuine land owners from settling into their rightfully acquired lands.
The commissioner further warned chiefs and police officers against soliciting for money in exchange for public service.
He said “We have all the reports that some of our chiefs and police officers request for money in exchange of government services”
The commissioner further noted that Bamburi area is becoming an excessive clubbing hub.
Kisauni legislator Ali Mbogo urged Kenyans to carefully read through the BBI report once it is rolled out to the public.
The law maker says historical injustices, one of the thorny issues among Coast locals has not been addressed in the report.
“There some thorny issues that as Coast locals we feel were not captured in the BBI. Once it is brought to us we shall ensure that such matters are taken into consideration” Mbogo noted.
Mbogo also says the report is silent about the issue of national cake sharing.
Mvita constituency legislator Abdulswammad Nassir called on the county government to print out several copies of the BBI report once it is released for national dialogue.
He says availing copies at the grassroots will give an opportunity to the ordinary Kenyan to understand the content of the report.
“There are so many issues that need to be addressed in this country. This country is run by a set of laws. Referendum is the way to go for this country” the MP said.
According to him corruption has escalated to souring levels enough to fund a referendum drive.