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Six million Kenyans struggling with drug addiction, says Mututho

“County governments must pass laws that will ensure that part of the levies collected from issuance of alcohol manufacturing and selling licenses are used in investing in rehab facilities and services within the counties," said Mr Mututho.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comTuesday, 13 Dec 2016 10:35 EAT

At least six million Kenyans are affected and struggling with drug addiction, according to former NACDA boss John Mututho who says a majority of Kenyans affected with drug addiction have no access to rehabilitation services. Speaking at the John Mututho Empowerment Center, where 70 drug addicts graduated after rehabilitation, Mr Mututho said that insufficient rehab facilities were the biggest impediment in the fight against drug addiction in Kenya.

Mr Mututho said that the few government rehab facilities in Mombasa, Nairobi and Gilgil lack the capacity to handle the millions of Kenyans who are in dire need of rehabilitation. “The country has very few rehab facilities which are unable to handle the huge number of people who need rehabilitation. It is saddening that some of the facilities are not working,” he said.

The aspiring Nakuru governor said it was "worrying to realize that the country has six million people suffering from various drug addictions and from that huge number we are only able to rehabilitate a paltry 300 people yearly.” He challenged county governments to step in and use part of the revenues collected from the alcohol licensing levies in investing in rehab centres.

“County governments must pass laws that will ensure that part of the levies collected from issuance of alcohol manufacturing and selling licenses are used in investing in rehab facilities and services within the counties," said Mr Mututho, who has put up what is being termed as one of the biggest rehab centres in Africa. The rehab centre located on the outskirts of Nakuru town has a capacity  of 1000 people at any given time

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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