MOMBASA, Kenya, Aug 27 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared total war on the drug menace in the coastal region, saying no effort will be spared in eradicating the scourge.
He called on all leaders to join hands and work with security agencies to ensure that drugs are eliminated completely and traffickers are made to pay for their crimes.
“My administration will not relent. We shall destroy any vessel on land, sea or air that is confirmed to be carrying drugs,” President Kenyatta said.
Saying the government will not allow illicit brewers, drug traffickers and sellers to destroy lives, President Kenyatta emphasized that the government will intensify operations against them across the entire region.
President Kenyatta spoke when he opened this year’s Agricultural Society of Kenya (ASK) Mombasa International Show at the Mombasa show ground, Mkomani. For the fourth year running, the ASK has retained the theme of “Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for Food Security and National Growth”.
On the fight against terrorism, President Kenyatta appealed to parents whose children have disappeared to work closely with security agencies to ensure they return.
He directed security committees to investigate and establish whether the youth who disappeared were recruited by terrorist networks or not.
“Work with political, religious and community leaders to rehabilitate the youth,” President Kenyatta told the security committees.
He applauded efforts that are restoring security in the coast region, saying as a result the tourism industry has started recovering.
As the government implements several projects to improve the lives of Kenyans, President Kenyatta called on coast residents to guard against tribalism and divisive politics.
“Kenya belongs to all of us and we should work together in harmony to build the country that we will all be proud of,” the Head of State said.
He assured farmers that the government is doing its best to promote agriculture in the coast region. He cited the fishing industry as one of the potential areas that the government is keen to improve for the benefit of the people.
He also affirmed the government’s commitment to addressing the land problem at the coast, saying the second phase of issuance of title deeds in the region is set to begin.
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho assured President Kenyatta that the county government is working hand-in-hand with the national government in ensuring security in the county.
“Your Excellency, I assure you that we will work with you and the national government in improving the lives of people in Mombasa County,” Governor Joho said.
He emphasised that there is no competition between the two levels of government in Mombasa, saying the county and the national governments are complementing each other in the provision of service to the people.
Other speakers were Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed, acting ASK National Chairperson Annabella Kiriinya and Mombasa International Show Chairman Brown Ondego.