A Multi-agency team Monday nabbed over 300 sacks of Muguka at Kevenge area near Kanyonyoo, along Thika-Garissa highway.
Kitui County Police Commander Johanna Tanui confirming the incident revealed that most of the County Governments have banned the trade of Muguka to control the spread of Coronavirus and those who are participating in the business, are doing so against the law.
Tanui revealed that ferrying Muguka into various counties will highly spread the coronavirus.
“During the normal operation, a multi-agency team intercepted some Toyota Proboxes carrying Miraa and as you know most of the counties have banned miraa business because it is likely to spread this disease,” The commander said.
Tanui further warned those ferrying prohibited commodities saying lawful action will be taken, adding that the spread of coronavirus is very rampant and there is a need to safeguard the citizens.
“I warn all those are doing this business of ferrying prohibited goods to desist because right now the spread is still very rampant and we need to safeguard our citizens,” he cautioned.
He disclosed that those who were arrested, their charges will be prescribed by officers from the County Government of Kitui.
“We have contacted the County Government to come and prescribe charges for those who were transporting this commodity and appropriate action will be taken,” Tanui affirmed.
The commander insisted that the operation will continue and those who shall be arrested transporting such goods will face the law.
Members of County Assembly from Kitui county were last year urged to ban the trade and consumption of miraa. According to the County Women representative Irene Kasalu, Miraa has destroyed many young people due to the effects caused by the drug.
Consumption of miraa according to a study by Moi University in 2015 affects the sexual capability of men and could lead to a heart attack.