We'll shut premises, destroy vessels linked to drugs - Ruto

The DP said the public should not complain when the “government closes down stores" linked to drug barons.

Tuesday February 23 2016

Deputy President William Ruto campaigns for Mr Philip Charo, the Jubilee candidate in the forthcoming by-election for the Malindi MP seat. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP.

Deputy President William Ruto campaigns for Mr Philip Charo, the Jubilee candidate in the forthcoming by-election for the Malindi MP seat. PHOTO | WACHIRA MWANGI | NATION MEDIA GROUP. 

By DANIEL TSUMA NYASSY
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Deputy President William Ruto has warned that the government will deal ruthlessly with drug barons.

This will include destroying vessels and shutting down premises suspected to be conduits of the illicit trade.

Without naming names, the DP said the public should not complain when the “government closes down stores and stations which are suspected to be conduits for drug trade” and reiterated that the authority would not hesitate to close down any such stores.

Mr Ruto said drug barons were busy destroying lives of other people’s children while theirs were in school.

'WE CAN ALLOW THIS'

"Why do you destroy other people’s children while yours are comfortable at school? We cannot allow this".

“Our government will protect Kenya’s children”, he said and asked local leaders and Malindi residents to be vigilant against the illicit trade and expose those behind it.

Mr Ruto described drug barons as “heartless brutes” who must not be tolerated because they continue to wreck young lives.

“We are saying here today that the Jubilee government has no friendship with drug barons and their associates.

“We shall continue to sink and destroy their ships and other vessels that are used to ferry in narcotic drugs to Kenya and which are destroying our youth,’’ the deputy President said in Malindi.

Mr Ruto said the government is determined to end the drug trade.

He was addressing Muslims at the Red Cross Social Hall in Malindi town during a meeting to seek votes for Jubilee Alliance Party candidate Phillip Charo on Monday evening.

SUPPORT FOR JUBILEE

Mr Ruto used the meeting to drum up support for the Jubilee candidate in Malindi's March 7 by-election, saying the area would be assured of development if residents voted for him.

He announced that already, the government was working on several multibillion-shilling projects in Malindi and elsewhere in the Coast region.

“We have set aside Sh380 million to expand Malindi Airport and Sh400 million to settle those who have been occupying its land,’’ he said.

He added that the contractor who would tarmac the Sala Gate Road that leads to the Tsavo National Park would be on site in a month’s time.

He also announced that the government had negotiated with the African Development Bank to build a dual carriageway from Malindi to Lunga Lunga to connect all tourism spots at the Coast.

The meeting was also addressed by National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Mining Cabinet Secretary Dan Kazungu, Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro and former Malindi MP Abubakar Badawy, who led the delegation.