Governor Wavinya urges public involvement in discussing Muguka ban in Machakos

Governor Wavinya
Machakos Governor Wavinya Ndeti has welcomed public participation to deliberate on the banning of Muguka in the county.

Speaking during a church service in Machakos on Sunday, she noted that the stimulant has proven to be a menace in society as many youths have been severely affected.

“I’m coming to you (Machakos residents) to carry out a public participation exercise on Muguka, because I cannot ban it on my own. I need to engage you in order to agree on the way forward,” she said while addressing the faithful.

“These drugs have affected our young people. If every church can with the youth and we will make a difference. That’s why I came up with the idea of Machakos Youth Service where we will train them and rehabilitate those addicted.”

Governor Wavinya’s call lies on the backdrop of a nationwide intent to permanently stop the sale and consumption of Muguka which has been associated with the collapse of societies.

The ban on the highly consumed stimulant was first announced by Mombasa Governor Abdulswamad Nassir, highlighting the pervasive consumption of the stimulant drug at the Coast, including among school-going children.

Kilifi Governor Gideon Mung’aro followed suit and likewise, the ban was announced in Kwale.

Similarly, three northeastern counties of Wajir, Garissa, and Mandera have hinted at joining the coastal counties in imposing the ban.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mithika Linturi has however intimated that County-level bans on Mũgũka are null and void, noting that the drug is a scheduled crop under the Crops Act 2013 and the Miraa Regulations 2023.

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