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Imams want government to seize drug barons property

BUSIA
By | January 30th 2011

By Patrick Beja

Coast imams want the Government to seize property belonging to drug traffickers.

The imams under the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (Cipk) said such property could be used to rehabilitate youth affected by narcotics particularly at the Coast.

The imams said mechanisms for property seizure should be put in place so that drug dealers do not enjoy such wealth.

They claimed that some suspects have a lot of property known to the State and it should be targeted to discourage the trade that has destroyed thousands of youths.

Cipk national treasurer Sheikh Hassan Omar and his assistant Sheikh Hassan Suleiman also want the judiciary to prefer stiff penalties including life sentence and deny suspects bond.

The two expressed anger at the release of a suspected drug dealer on bond last week by a Mombasa High Court.

"We will raise our concern with the Chief Justice because we expect the judiciary to play a leading role in countering narcotic drug trade in the country," said Suleiman.

The two were addressing more than 500 youths at Koblenz hall in Mombasa.

The imams said the Government should seek employment opportunities for youth leaving schools to ensure they are kept busy.

"Idleness among our youths makes them easy targets for drug traffickers and this problem should be addressed now. We must address the root cause of youths falling to drugs," Omar said.

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