NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged security forces to deal firmly with drug traffickers in the country.
Speaking when he officiated the 50th Madaraka Day celebrations at the Nyayo National stadium in Nairobi, the President said he was concerned with the increased use of drugs amongst the youth, particularly in urban areas, which contributes to school drop outs.
Kenyatta said the government will ensure it protects young people who have been the most vulnerable and easy targets who are also used to peddle and consume drugs.
“I wish to put on notice those who sell drugs, alcohol and other substances to our youth. We shall not allow you to ruin these young lives and deny our country the bright future we are working for. We are resolved to deal with these merchants of destruction,” Kenyatta warned.
Drug consumption is rampant in parts of the coast province, Nairobi and other major towns.
Kenyatta also anchored his promise to boost lives of the youth on education and financial pillars that will empower them to explore loan facilities offered by his government.
“My Government plans to position Kenya as a Business Process Outsourcing Hub through establishment of Konza Techno City. This will provide employment opportunities specifically to the youth who will work in software development, light electronic manufacturing industries and IT-enabled services. We will also establish incubation hubs for ICT start-ups through the New Biashara Kenya Agency,” he said.
The president also pledged to enhance peace and unity that will lead Kenya into prosperity for both the current and future generations.
He reiterated what he termed as his top most commitment of spearheading reconciliation by ending negative ethnicity that is deeply rooted across the Kenyan society.
Kenyatta reminded Kenyans that it is difficult for the country to concentrate on development if the country remains divided on tribal lines.
“Without unity, we shall neither progress nor stand. I assure Kenyans that uniting our people is one of my most passionate goals for our country. I dream of a Kenya where we will not only be proud of our diverse heritage and cultures, but also where we will unite around our common aspirations as Kenyans. Our shared aim is to end ethnic tensions and rivalry and to unite all our citizens,” Kenyatta asserted.