MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government launched a major crackdown on drug barons
in the coastal city of Mombasa on Monday.
President William Ruto who met with the top security teams from
the coastal region in Mombasa to assess the crackdown on drug
barons and terrorists ordered the officers to prioritize the war
against drug dealers, which he said if unchecked will continue
to ruin the lives of young people.
"Those engaging in drug business have very few days left.
"Their end as far as their business is concerned is imminent
as there will be no space, room or time to continue with the
vice in Kenya," he said.
Ruto said the crackdown, which was progressing well, would
also target government officers believed to be colluding or
protecting the drug peddlers to continue with the illegal trade.
The East Africa nation has been identified as a drug
transport hub for drugs going to Europe from Asia and Middle
Hardly a week passes without an arrest of drug traffickers at
the main airport.
However, traffickers have become increasingly smarter because
of improved surveillance at the airports and have now resorted
to using roads to reach their intended destinations.
Ruto said the government was investigating some of its
officers colluding or protecting drug barons in the area.
"We are closely monitoring some government officers who are
either facilitating the drug barons or protecting them," said
He said the government will not relent in the fight against
the drug menace and urged Kenyans to support security officers
in eliminating the vice.
"We appreciate the role being played by majority of our
security officers in eliminating drug abuse.
"But we will also
not hesitate to take stern actions against the few officers
undermining the fight against the illegal business," said Ruto.
He said the crackdown on drug dealers has been ongoing since
Jubilee took over the country’s leadership in 2013 with combined
efforts from its partners like the United States that has given
the fight against the vice a new impetus.
"Our security officers have firm and clear instructions on
what should be done to deal decisively and conclusively with the
dealers of drugs," said Ruto.
The fight against drug trafficking has intensified since last
week since three Kenyans and a foreigner were extradited to the
U.S. to face drug-related charges.
police hold drug trafficker at Moi International
Government has extradited four Drug
wanted in the US