I am surprised to read in one of the daily newspapers today (22nd Nov, 2010) that a team of elite detectives has been sent to the Coast to investigate and compile a report on drug trafficking in that region. Please………..!!
Cynical, I certainly am because this is coming shortly after the US Ambassador banned some high ranking government officials and a businessman from travelling to the USA. These 5 people have been accused of drug trafficking and include an Assistant Minister and a recently elected MP.
Mr. Ranneberger further said something to the effect that the names were given to him by the same police force that is now in the process of investigation so that they can prepare a report within 30 days.
Now the question is this, if the police have already passed on the names of some suspects who the US government has seen as fit to ban from travelling to their country through an announcement by that country’s ambassador, why investigate and prepare another report on these merchants of death? Since we have only a finite number of Assistant Ministers in this country as well as only a handful of recently elected MP’s how come I do not see a clamor by them to dissociate themselves from the accusing fingers of being drug traffickers? Are the blood rewards so well distributed by the largesse of these murderers of the innocent that no one dares raise their voice in counter point or denial lest the cash taps stop flowing?
This ‘shilly shallying’ and ‘dilly dallying’ by those tasked with safeguarding the lives of all Kenyans just will not do. This ugly sceptre of drug trafficking has been with us for a long time but no serious commitment to exposing the fiends that finance it and grow its usage in Kenya and in the region appears to have been made.
Many families have suffered and continue to suffer from the long and short term effects of the use of drugs. Often the drug users are the ones targeted for arrest and prosecution adding to the misery of their relatives and families while the main traffickers remain free to continue their nefarious activities and enjoy the fruits of their ill gotten wealth.
It pains me greatly when I see the family of the late Akasha publicly squabbling about the huge estate that he left following his murder in Amsterdam a decade ago yet the majority of those assets originated from his role as a kingpin in international drug trafficking. A government committed to the well being of its citizenry should have confiscated and frozen the assets of the estate of the late Akasha many years ago!
The rewards from this illicit trade are well documented and some of the richest individuals in the world (and no doubt in Kenya) have made their money from trafficking in drugs.
This lackadaisical and lazy approach to dealing with this major problem will need to be fought from all possible angles. There should be no sacred cows, donkeys, elephants and what nots that should be above the law displaying the impunity that comes with knowing that you have lined the pockets of many with cash to buy the protection for your illicit trade.
Drug Trafficking has the resources to wage a long war to reign supreme, but it should not be at the expense of present and future generations of Kenyan who will continue to spend scarce resources on a habit that has the potential to deal a country a massive blow in terms of its productive capacity. The government with the help of international partners needs to commit double the resources to hunt down, rein in and prosecute these relatives of the devil.