The Star (Nairobi)

18 August 2014

Kenya: Over One Million Children in Kenya On Drugs - Mututho

NACADA chairman John Mututho has disclosed that over one million children between the ages of 14-17 years are addicted to alcohol and other drugs.

Mututho said this when he visited 16 students who were arrested on Sunday evening in a club drinking beer, at Baricho law courts on Monday.

He said he has received cases where drunk children are beating up their parents when asked why they are engaging in drug use.

"I am saddened by Sunday's act where 16 students were arrested drunk in Kagio, we cannot watch and see young lives being wasted by alcohol," Mututho said.

He said parents have a critical role to play in assisting their children by making sure that they go for rehab. He said the young generation is going to waste due to alcohol.

Mututho told the county commissioner Joseph Keter and the governor Joseph Ndathi to take quick action and close down the bar (Club Sea) to avert more harm to students.

Baricho principal magistrate Hezekiah Keago in his ruling handed over the students to their parents for counseling, some will be taken to Murang'a Juvenile correction center.

"I am very happy with the magistrate, he has made one of the best rulings I have ever heard, we are going to abide by the court's rulings but I urge parents to talk to their children," Mututho said.

Mututho also said that the beer that was brought to court as exhibit is among those banned from being sold, he urged the court to give a hefty fine to the owner.

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