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Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 12:24 EATrosemukonyo@yahoo.com
There has been increasing fear that drug cartels and traffickers could be finding their way into primary and secondary schools in Machakos County. This is after Matungulu MP Stephen Mutinda Mule made shocking revelation that a substance that was found in a school in Matungulu Sub County being consumed by Standard Three pupils as glucose was found to have traces of Heroine.
Speaking at different school functions in the constituency, the legislator has been sensitizing parents to be vigilant with what is happening in the lives of their children as they may be exposed to drug and substance abuse without their (children) knowledge. In the said incident, the young children were enjoying a taste of glucose without knowing it was laced with the drug, which was confirmed after the powdered substance was taken to a government laboratory for testing.
“I urge the parents to be active in parenting their children and not to leave that responsibility to teachers, be concerned with what happens to your child during the hours when the children are not in school,” Mr Mule said.
This comes after the government has taken stern measures to curb the rising vice in the country by arresting drug dealers and putting other suspects on notice.
Mr Mule said it was very unfortunate that someone would be willing to destroy a young innocent life by introducing them to drug abuse at such a tender age, and warned stern measures would be taken against the perpetrators.
“We are aware that traffickers of drugs are now targeting our schools but we are putting them on notice that our security agencies are alert and will soon catch up with them,” he said.
Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.