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War on drugs not about personal fights

By Bethwel Kaino | February 23rd 2017

Claims that the ongoing fight against drug abuse is aimed at harassing Opposition leaders are misleading.

The fight against drug abuse and the warlords behind the cartels has been ongoing during previous regimes and did not begin with the Jubilee regime.

The fact the Jubilee administration, under the leadership of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, has taken the war a notch higher is a clear indication that they care about this country.

But some leaders have described the war as a personal vendetta.

It is clear that the crackdown against drug warlords has been fought by past regimes, including those led by retired presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki.

Personalities implicated in the drug cartels have been named and are in the public domain.

The fact that Uhuru and his deputy have in recent months made several visits to the coastal region, which is believed to be the gateway for drug dealers, is a clear indication that they are out to fight the vice.

The past cannot solve the future and credit should be given where it is due.

The fight against drugs is not the work of the Jubilee administration alone but involves a combined effort of leaders and individuals who mean well for the country.

Zero tolerance to drugs requires the support of all. It is not about politics and witch-hunting but what is good for society, especially youths, who are the most affected.

Past leaders, including former vice president, the late George Saitoti, played their role and the current administration is also keen to achieve its mandate of not only ensuring that the country is drug-free but also that poverty is eradicated as it is underlying factor for drug abuse.

What is required in the ongoing war against drugs is constructive criticism rather than personal vendettas against the Jubilee leaders.

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