Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has expressed confidence that significant progress has been made in combating the issues of illicit alcohol and cannabis in the Mt Kenya region. Speaking at a church service in Thika, Kiambu county, Gachagua emphasized the government’s commitment to effectively addressing drug abuse.
According to Gachagua, the battle against illicit brews and bhang has reached a 70% victory, with just 30% remaining. Despite skeptics suggesting fatigue may hinder the fight, Gachagua asserted that the endeavor will continue over the next five years. Moreover, he assured the public that the government will not tolerate the resurgence of the Mungiki criminal gang.
Highlighting the dangers associated with the gang’s revival, Gachagua urged parents and leaders to educate and dissuade their children from involvement in criminal activities. He also emphasized that any attempts to revive the gang will be met with prompt and lawful action. Gachagua vowed to protect the community from threats posed by the gang, including violence against women, extortion, and domination of the matatu industry.
In a recent warning to Chiefs in the Mt Kenya region, the Deputy President declared that the coexistence of drugs and community leaders is unacceptable. He made it clear that Chiefs must ensure drug-free environments, or they themselves will be held accountable. Gachagua affirmed that Chiefs possess the necessary discernment to make the right choices for their communities, and they must take decisive action against drug-related activities, even if they choose to feign ignorance.
Overall, Gachagua’s statements demonstrate his confidence in the progress achieved thus far in tackling illicit brews and cannabis, while also emphasizing the government’s commitment to eradicating drug-related issues and criminal activities in the region.