Government declares war on bhang peddlers in schools

The Elgeyo Marakwet County Commissioner (CC), Galgalo Hiddi and Governor Alex Tolgos have declared war on unscrupulous people selling bhang to students in the County.

The two leaders regretted that the vice had become rampant in schools and vowed to cooperate and ensure it was eradicated.

Speaking during a leaders’ consultative forum sponsored by the National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse (NACADA) in Iten, Hiddi called on the ward administrators, Assistant County Commissioners and chiefs to emulate them and work together for the war to succeed.

Kibet Cheruiyot from Kenya Primary Schools Heads Association (KEPSHA) said bhang abuse was also penetrating in primary schools and called for concerted efforts in fighting the vice.

Parents came under scathing attack for indirectly promoting abuse of alcohol with teachers, saying while they taught pupils against alcohol abuse, there were many parents who drink, diminishing their role modeling to their children.

The leaders called on the County Assembly to review the law on issuance of licenses to wines and spirits businesses, saying they sold take-away drinks which do not have operation timelines.

The NACADA Board Chairman,Lt. Col (Rtd), Julius Githiri called on the leaders to use the powers bestowed on them by the law to ensure no bars were licensed to operate near schools.

Source: Kenya News Agency