Even as International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is marked on 26th June, former Nacada chair John Mututho has called on county governments to ensure they set funds for the rehabilitation of drug addicts.
Addressing media on Tuesday after paying a visit to street families at the Railway station in Nakuru town, Mututho said it was so sad that people were busy embezzling public funds and grabbing public land instead of focusing on helping the needy in society.
He said a time has come that the county governments should more focus on how to rehabilitate the many youths who are affected by drugs and substance abuse.
“It is indeed very sad we assume some human beings are more equal than others. I want to call upon the county government starting with Nakuru that it is high time we wake up and ensure the welfare of the street families and the youths who are drug addicts are addressed” he said.
Some of the street families who spoke to the media decried harsh treatment from the public and the government officials.They called on the government to consider them in their budgeting process so that they can be empowered to ensure they are economically stable.
“We are just appealing to the government to ensure we are empowered so that we can also be self independent” they said.
By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Former Nacada Chair John Mututho addressing media in Nakuru on 26th June 2018.