Makueni county Assembly now wants the County executive to partner with NACADA and the Ministry of Interior and coordination of National Government to establish rehabilitation centers in all the 30 wards.
Wiper nominated MCA Carol Ngumbi tabled the motion and she said rehabilitation centers should have counselors and be accessible to all people in the County.
Speaking to the press after passing of the motion, the MCA said this was a timely move following the increasing use of drugs in the County such as Khat, Alcohol, Miraa among others.
“I brought a motion to have rehabilitation centers in Makueni county if possible one in every ward and one big referral one in Wote. In my view, we have lost a lot of youths to Miraa, bhang, and other illicit drugs.” Carol said.
It is my view and i requested the executive to rescue the youth and we have lost much in terms of labor as we expect the youth to be helping parents and the community.
The MCA wanted the county to also begin counseling in schools so as to warn students on the danger of engaging in drugs.
“If we can begin with serious programs to educate the youth in schools and colleges and have a social protection kitty for nominated leaders to go round in schools educating our people so we don’t lose an entire generation.” She added.
Section 28 of the Makueni County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act, 2014 provided that there shall be the establishment of rehabilitation facilities and programs and a directorate which shall; establish treatment and rehabilitation facilities and programs for persons dependent on alcoholic drinks in each Ward and one referral facility in the county, ensure that the treatment and rehabilitation facilities have the necessary human resources for effective operation and service delivery among other roles.
Section 28 of the Makueni Alcoholic Drinks Control Act 2014has never been operationalized by the Makueni County executive 6 years later.
“Many people in Makueni County and especially the youth have become addicted to drugs and alcohol which is not only affecting the county’s population but also hampering the economic and social growth of the county.” The mover of the motion said.