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PSVs told to intensify war on drug trafficking

Sunday November 17 2019

Isiolo County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri

Isiolo County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri addresses journalists in Isiolo town on November 17, 2019. He warned that drivers and conductors risk arrest if passengers in their vehicles be nabbed with drugs. PHOTO | WAWERU WAIRIMU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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By WAWERU WAIRIMU
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Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators have been ordered to conduct thorough search on passengers in an effort to curb drug trafficking on the Isiolo-Moyale highway.

Isiolo County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri warned that drivers risk arrest should their vehicles be used to ferry contraband.

Last week, three people were arrested aboard a Moyale-Nairobi bound bus with 11kg of bhang worth Sh115,000.

Zeinab Adan, Hamisi Bakari and Ibrahim Wako are out on Sh100, 000 bond each. The owner of the bus has already applied through Counsel Mukira Mbaya to have his vehicle still detained at Isiolo Police station released.

“Owner of the bus is incurring huge losses and we seek that the court certifies the matter as urgent as conclusion of the charge will likely take months,” the application before Isiolo court reads in part.

Earlier this month, Emmanuel William Matunda, a police officer was arrested at Lerata area in Samburu East with 15 kilos of bhang packed in three bags and worth Sh150, 000. The officer was on Friday released on half a million bond.

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The commissioner has appealed to the public to volunteer information that will help police make arrests and arrest the situation on the highway.