Corruption biggest enemy in eradication of alcoholism and drugs

Corruption is the biggest impediment in the fight against alcohol and drug abuse, Chief Executive Officer for the National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), Victor Okioma has said.

Speaking on Friday during an engagement with youths at Rigoma in Masaba South Sub County, Kisii County, Okioma said the organization had made deliberate move to empower the community so that they can oversee rogue officers who are derailing the effort against the menace.

The CEO appealed to the youths to form groups through which they can fight drug abuse and report officers who take bribes and push the problem under the carpet, thus aggravating the vice.

The Agency Chairman, Lieutenant Col.(Rtd) Julius Githiri said the exercise dubbed NACADA mashinani was part of national crackdown on illegal alcohol launched by the Interior CS a few months ago.

Githiri said the organization was involving all stakeholders in a concerted effort to eliminate the vice.

The Chairman decried the influx of bars, saying they were surpassing licensed schools and restaurant, meaning more people were engaged in alcohol than other development activities.

Noting that alcoholism and drug addiction was the biggest enemy of the government’s ‘Big four’ Agenda, Githiri said the organization was partnering with the County Governments to streamline licensing of alcohol outlets so that focus is not only on the revenue collection but welfare of youths too.

He urged the youth to participate in the country’s agenda, including determining what is right for them according to the powers they have in the Constitution.

About 300 youth attended the event which is one of the various meetings going on around the country.

Source: Kenya News Agency