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New rehab centre to help drug addicts in Coast

By Joackim Bwana | Published Sat, March 4th 2017 at 00:00, Updated March 3rd 2017 at 22:55 GMT +3
Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa. (Photo: Gideon Maundu/Standard)

The Government has launched the construction of a multi-billion shilling rehabilitation centre in Miritini Mombasa County to combat drug addiction.

The centre is expected to house drug addicts from the six coastal counties.

Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa Friday said the construction of the centre follows President Uhuru Kenyatta’s directive early this year.

Marwa observed that the initiative will offer a new approach in dealing with drug addiction.

The coordinator also said that the Government will also eradicate the barons and their cartels.

“The Government will ensure the supply is crushed and demand is depleted. We will take all the addicts from the streets and the suppliers will strain to look for a new market,” said Marwa.

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The centre will be established on a 13-acre piece of land that is currently being used as a National Youth Service centre. It will be home for addicts from Lamu, Kwale, Ukunda Mariakani and Mombasa.

The facilities in the centre will include dormitories, play grounds, swimming pools, classes, dining and social hall.

He also warned politicians against war-mongering and inciting the electorate.