YADASAH puts government to task over hauls of bhang destroyed in Migori annually

Bhang set on fire at Lichota, Migori today

By MN Reporter

Members of Youth Against Drugs and Substance Abuse (YADASAH) have asked the government to investigate why Migori still records high cases of narcotics.

The groups chairperson Okoth Ochanjo speaking in Migori Wednesday said it was worrying that large hauls of bhang were trafficked through Migori on the watch of security agencies.

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This comes as 1.7 tonnes of bhang valued at Sh17 million were destroyed Wednesday in Migori town.

Ochanjo urged security agencies to step up border patrols and put an end to the trafficking of bhang through Migori adding that nabbing of traffickers alone was not enough.

“We are aware that bhang is grown in the neighbouring Tanzania but why have the traffickers chosen Migori as the entry point yet the border stretches all the way to Vanga at the Coast,” said Ochanjo.

He added, “News alone of bhang worth over Sh17 million being found in one county is something that should not be taken lightly.”

The chairperson however asked the government to empower locals in Migori County with alternative sources of income so that they are not tempted to engage in illegal cross-border trade.

“A good number of locals keep quiet even as they witness bhang trafficking going on because they benefit from the trade in one way or another,” he added.

But speaking at Lichota in Migori town where bhang was destroyed, County Commissioner Joseph Rotich said members of the public played a big role in the in the arrests of bhang traffickers.