President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned drug traffickers that the government will not relent in hunting them down.
Speaking in Nairobi Saturday, Mr Kenyatta said his government will continue to arrest drug peddlers to protect the youth.
“We will deal with those selling drugs to our youth. We have also said that we will fight those selling illicit alcohol that continues to ruin our youth,” he told a gathering at Huruma grounds.
The President, who was launching a monthly clean up the city city campaign, said his government will engage youth in environmental conservation projects that will also earn them a living to detract them from social vices.
In the 2013-2014 budget, his government allocated Sh6 billion to the Youth Fund. Saturday, Mr Kenyatta urged youths to form groups for easier access to loans from the Fund once government starts to disburse money.
But informal traders narrated their woes to the president, saying it has become impossible for them to do business in the city, citing constant harassment by city county authorities and high market levies.
In response, Mr Kenyatta promised to liaise with the Nairobi County government to set aside specific areas for small-scale traders.
“We cannot succeed as a government if we don’t empower our people to stand on their own. Those in legal businesses should not be harassed. It is something that irritates me,” he said.
“We want to fight criminals, but those in legal businesses should not be mistreated because doing that might drive them into crime.”
The cleanup campaign is an initiative of the city government in a bid to restore Nairobi’s image as the ‘green city in the sun.’ Under the banner ‘my waste my responsibility’, the county seeks to encourage city residents to embrace the idea.
“The president said “All of us who reside in Nairobi and even in other towns, should prioritise environmental cleanliness”.
And in a city where every resident produces at least half a kilo of waste each day, the entire city produces two tonnes of garbage, according to Governor Evans Kidero.
Mr Kidero urged Nairobi residents to come out every last Saturday of the month to clean up their neighbourhoods. In the current financial year, the county government allocated Sh700 million for environmental conservation.
Mathare MP George Wanjohi urged government to relocate the Dandora dumpsite, saying it is an eyesore and health hazard.