Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

16 January 2013

Tanzania: Efforts Made to Expose Drugs Dealers

SEARCH for illicit drug business dealers received a serious boost as members of the Lions Club; East African District unveiled a well coordinated alliance to expose drug brokers.

Apart from the declared bold identification of drug dealers, the alliance has also adopted community health education to alert the younger generation on devastation related to drug consumption.

Speaking in Dar es Salaam during audience with the IPP Executive Chairman, Mr Reginald Mengi, Lions Club's District Governor for Uganda and Tanzania, Mr Joseph Kiwanuka said silence on drug addiction was not an option.

"Fighting drug business is the course of action adopted by Lions Club members. We cannot afford to remain silent as drug addiction continues to 'swallow' the best fabric of the society, particularly the young generation," visiting Kiwanuka said.

He said it was necessary the entire community joins hands to intensify war against drugs, which has turned into a malady spreading quickly like wild fires in the region. "The time will come the older generation will depart from this world.

Those lost behind must be assisted to live a better world free from drugs. In Uganda trainers have reached primary and secondary schools and universities to tell the youth about the drug-related health complications," he explained.

The clarification by Mr Kiwanuka followed a special request by Mr Mengi who asked Lions Clubs members to extend horizon to humanitarian services including fight against drug addiction. "I am personally determined to support the initiative to save many lives ruined through drug addiction. We need to stand up together and boldly expose those behind the distressing drug business," Mengi said.

However, Mr Mengi does not play down the complexity involved when dealing with drug importers and sellers; "One needs to be bold enough to reveal drug dealers through different channels including the media. I am not advocating for the rule of the jungle but through application of the existing rule of law, drug traffickers can be brought to justice," he said.

He added that the region still stood a better chance to fight the scourge more efficiently as none of the member states' leadership has slipped into hands of dealers. "We shall never allow drug dealers to capture the state," he emphatically said.

The First Vice-District Governor, Mr William Ndesanjo spoke out the determination by the Lions Club - Tanzania office to continue working closely with the government to fight drug trafficking. Drug addiction is adversely affecting the prospects of the youth in the country.

Schools and jobless corners popularly known as 'vijiwe' have become a place of initiation to drug addiction for the youth. With a visit to beaches, night clubs, beer bars and parties in various parts of the country, one can easily conclude that drug addiction is on the rise. Going through the various courts of the country, one will be surprised to note the use or possession of drugs, especially marijuana.

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